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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...

French union warns pension reform strike could hit Christmas

Dec. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron suggested Thursday that he was ready to make changes to his plans to overhaul the pension system as a major union warned that nationwide strikes and protests could continue unabated until Christmas. Labor strikes crippled France's train services and Paris metro...

Ukraine extends law on special status for rebel regions

Dec. 12, 2019 11:45 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers have extended a law offering special status to separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine in accordance with agreements brokered by France and Germany. Thursday's vote follows talks in Paris between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany that...

France postpones summit on military involvement in Africa

Dec. 12, 2019 9:18 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed with Niger to postpone a key summit focusing on France's military operation in Africa's Sahel region until the beginning of next year. The French presidency said in a statement Thursday that Macron called Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou to express...

Neymar stars as PSG beats Galatasaray in Champions League

Dec. 11, 2019 6:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Neymar scored one goal and helped create three more as Paris Saint-Germain completed its Champions League group stage with a 5-0 rout of Galatasaray on Wednesday. Kylian Mbappe timed his run well in the 33rd minute when he latched on to Neymar's defense-splitting pass and squared the ball to...

Diplomats to Lebanon: Expect no aid before government formed

Dec. 11, 2019 5:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Lebanon cannot expect to receive international aid for its battered economy until a new government undertakes serious reforms, diplomats decided at a closed-door meeting in Paris on Wednesday. The international group, led by France and the United Nations, met to discuss conditions for helping...

Niger army spokesman: Jihadist attack kills 71 soldiers

Dec. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — About 100 Islamic militants ambushed an army camp in western Niger, a military spokesman said late Wednesday, killing at least 71 soldiers in the deadliest attack on the West African country’s forces in years. The large-scale attack comes amid a surge of assaults on army camps...

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...

French government raises retirement age as strikes grind on

Dec. 11, 2019 3:28 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister said Wednesday that the full retirement age will be increased for the country's youngest, but offered concessions in an ill-fated effort to calm a nationwide protest against pension reforms that critics say will erode the nation's way of life. The government is trying...

EU to offer billions to help poorer EU nations cut emissions

Dec. 11, 2019 2:03 PM EST

To get everyone on board with her plan to combat global warming, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to put up 100 billion euros ($130 billion) to help EU nations that still heavily rely on fossil fuels transition to lower emissions. Von der Leyen, who took office this month at the helm of...