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After the Paris climate deal
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After the Paris climate deal

Understanding what happened in Paris on December 11, 2015 isnt easy. While it is being hailed as a historic climate deal, the reality is that the agreement is largely non-binding and relies heavily on voluntary actions of member statespostponing any serious action, both on mitigation and adaption, until 2020. The success of the agreement rests on several assumptions coming true. First, it assumes ...


Pakistan army kills 23 suspected militants near Afghanistan

Pakistans army says it has killed 23 suspected militants in northwestern tribal regions near the Afghan border. In a statement on Friday, the military said its warplanes had carried out early morning strikes in Shawal valley in North Waziristan and in the Khyber tribal region. It says six terrorists hideouts were destroyed and 10 militants were wounded. The military provided no further detai...


UK's Prince George gets ready for nursery school
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UK's Prince George gets ready for nursery school

Britains young Prince George is getting ready to go to nursery school in January. Kensington Palace said Friday that George will begin attending the Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk, 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of London, before the end of January. The prince is nearly 2 years old. He has been raised largely out of the public eye although he has on occasion traveled with hi...


World’s refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million
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World’s refugees and displaced exceed record 60 million

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have far surpassed a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday. The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, the most since 1992, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report. Nearly 2.5 mill...


Mother Teresa to be made Catholic saint in September

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Nobel laureate who dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in September 2016, an Italian Catholic newspaper reported on Thursday. Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian Catholic bishops conference, said on its website that Pope Francis had earlier on Thursday approved a decree recognising a ...


San Bernardino shooting: Friend of gunman is charged

A friend of one of the San Bernardino attackers has been charged in connection with the mass shooting that killed 14. Enrique Marquez, 24, is the first person arrested in the deadliest terrorist attack in the US since 9/11. Mr Marquez is charged with plotting with gunman Syed Farook to attack a university in 2011 and 2012. He is also accused of illegally purchasing the two rifles that wer...


US military to limit media access to Guantanamo Bay prison

New limits are being imposed on media access to the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the commander of the militarys Southern Command said Thursday, outlining rules that will limit what journalists can see and how often they can visit the already highly restricted site. Journalists will be allowed to visit the center on tours that will be organized once per quarter, las...


Putin praises Donald Trump as 'bright and talented'
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Putin praises Donald Trump as 'bright and talented'

In Vladimir Putins view, Donald Trump is bright and talented. But as much as those words sound overtly like praise, there are some murky nuances. The most unequivocally favorable part of the comments the Russian leader made Thursday to a scrum of reporters after his annual year-end news conference was about the Republican presidential aspirants claims that he wants to improve relations with Ru...


Beijing issues second ever pollution "red alert"
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Beijing issues second ever pollution "red alert"

Beijing authorities have issued a second pollution red alert, little more than a week after its first ever such warning. The Chinese capital will endure dense smog from Saturday until Tuesday, the Beijing Meteorological Service said. The National Meteorological Centre said a wide area from Xian in central China to Harbin in the north-east would also be affected. The alert triggers restric...


23 Kurdish rebels killed in clashes in Turkey

Turkeys state-run news agency says the number of Kurdish rebels killed in two days of operations launched by the security forces in southeast Turkey has reached 23. The government has imposed curfews in the mainly Kurdish towns of Cizre and Silopi to allow the security forces to battle militants to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, who have moved their fight for Kurdish autonomy to some tow...


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