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UN climate talks limp toward finish line, key questions left

Dec. 15, 2019 2:38 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — After two weeks of talks on tackling global warming, nations have little progress to show for it. Negotiators from almost 200 nations planned to gather for a final time at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid early Sunday to pass declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting...

Disagreement drags UN climate talks into a 2nd extra day

Dec. 14, 2019 7:08 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — U.N. climate talks in Madrid dragged into a second day of extra time Sunday, with officials from almost 200 countries unable to break the deadlock on key points of difference. The chair of the meeting, Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, told weary delegates to examine new...

Greta Thunberg apologizes for 'against the wall' comment

Dec. 14, 2019 3:59 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has apologized for saying politicians should be put “against the wall” after critics took it to mean that she was advocating violence. The 16-year-old Swede made the comment in a speech to young activists in the Italian city of Turin on...

Police brace for Catalan separatist protest during clásico

Dec. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Spain’s restive northeast are preparing to ensure that next week’s clásico soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid won’t be adversely affected by a massive protest. Catalan separatists are planning to gather in large numbers around the Camp...

Climate talks head into overtime with key issues unresolved

Dec. 13, 2019 2:29 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Officials from almost 200 countries hunkered down for another night of talks late Friday as a U.N. climate meeting in Madrid went into overtime without agreement on key issues. Chile, which is chairing the talks, said negotiators would continue working on two fronts trying to get deals on aid...

UN chief warns against 'survival of the richest' on climate

Dec. 12, 2019 3:05 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Failure to tackle global warming could result in economic disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General warned Thursday in Madrid, as negotiators at the U.N. climate talks remained deadlocked over key issues. António Guterres said unrestrained climate change would allow only the...

Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

Dec. 12, 2019 2:54 PM EST

BARCELONA (AP) — When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now...

Spanish king invites Socialist leader to form a government

Dec. 11, 2019 3:52 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s King Felipe VI on Wednesday asked caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to try and form a government, even though the Socialist leader appeared short of political support. Sánchez’s Socialist party collected most votes in last month’s general election...

Protesters vent their anger as UN climate talks stutter

Dec. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — With less than 72 hours left to reach a deal on key measures in the fight against global warming, major countries at a U.N. meeting on climate change took the floor to stake out their positions — showing that deep differences remain to be breached. In a sign of growing frustration over...

Thunberg 'a bit surprised' to be Time Person of the Year

Dec. 11, 2019 2:46 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was surprised and honored Wednesday to be named Time’s youngest Person of the Year, while adding that others in the global movement she helped inspire deserve to share the accolade. The 16-year-old Swede has become the face of a new...