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With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels

By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis PARIS (Reuters) - The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich...
Dec 13, 2015 |

Yemen's warring sides say ceasefire to begin on Monday

By Mohammed Ghobari DUBAI (Reuters) - A seven-day ceasefire in Yemen will start on Monday, the day before planned U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Switzerland, senior officials on both sides of the civil war that has killed nearly 6,000 people said on Saturday. "Based on what had been agreed upon, there will be a halt of the aggression on the...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Thousands of Iraqis in Baghdad, Basra protest Turkish deployment in north

By Ahmed Saad BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqis protested on Saturday against Ankara's deployment of troops to a base near the northern city of Mosul, with some burning Turkish flags and threatening violence against the soldiers for what they see as a violation of sovereignty. News of the deployment of 150 Turkish soldiers earlier this...
Dec 12, 2015 |

World climate accord hailed as turning point from fossil fuels

By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented a landmark global climate accord on Saturday, a "historic" measure for transforming the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turning the tide on global warming. At the tail end of the hottest year on record and after...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Eighty seven people killed during day of clashes in Burundi capital: army

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eighty seven people were killed on Friday in a day of clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said, including four police officer and four soldiers. Army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza said 79 attackers were killed and 45 others were captured when gunmen attacked three military sites in Bujumbura. "Sweep operations have...
Dec 12, 2015 |

U.S. and Russia trade accusations at U.N. over Ukraine conflict

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Russia blamed each other on Friday for the continued conflict in Ukraine, with Washington accusing the Kremlin of attempting to suppress public discussion of facts about the nearly two-year-old war. The mutual accusations came during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Syria's Assad says he will not negotiate with armed groups

By John Davison and Dmitry Solovyov BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared on Friday that he would not negotiate with armed groups, appearing to scupper peace talks that Russia and the United States hope to bring about next month. Washington helped broker an agreement reached on Thursday by more than 100 members of...
Dec 12, 2015 |

In final push for landmark climate deal, end of fossil fuel era nears

By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis PARIS (Reuters) - At the tail end of the hottest year on record, climate negotiators in Paris will aim on Saturday to seal a landmark accord that will transform the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turn the tide on global warming. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Afghan forces end siege near Spanish embassy in Kabul

By Sayed Hassib KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces suppressed a suicide attack on a guest house near the Spanish embassy in Kabul, killing three Taliban fighters after hours of intermittent gunfire and explosions that lasted into the early hours of Saturday. A Spanish security officer was killed in the attack, in a heavily protected part of...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Islamic State can make fake Syrian passports: U.S. report

A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday. A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the contents of a story by CNN on Friday about the report, but declined to provide a copy of the report. The report says Islamic...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Putin says Russia backs Free Syrian Army alongside Assad troops

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia supports the opposition Free Syrian Army, providing it with air support, arms and ammunition in joint operations with Syrian troops against Islamist militants. Putin said last month the Russian air force had hit several "terrorist" targets provided by the Free Syrian Army.
Dec 11, 2015 |

Paris attacker was French army reject

By Gilbert Reilhac WISSEMBOURG, France (Reuters) - Foued Mohamed-Aggad, one of three young men who shot dead 90 people at a Paris concert hall a month ago, was turned down by the French army and possibly also by the police before Islamic State took him on to fight for them. Army recruiters in the eastern city of Strasbourg decided after conducting...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza flare-ups

The Israeli army killed a Palestinian who it said tried to ram his car into soldiers near Hebron on Friday, and medics said another Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during a violent demonstration in the flashpoint West Bank city. A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Syrian opposition to meet government for talks in early January

By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - A joint team of Syria's political and armed opposition will meet the government next month for talks seeking a political solution to nearly five years of conflict, the chairman of a Saudi-hosted opposition conference said on Friday. More than 100 members of Syria's opposition parties and rebel fighting...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Three Islamic State leaders killed in recent strikes: U.S. military

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has killed the group's finance minister and two other senior leaders in air strikes in recent weeks, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Army Colonel Steve Warren told a Pentagon briefing coalition strikes had killed Abu...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Islamic State oil is going to Assad, some to Turkey, U.S. official says

By Guy Faulconbridge and Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have made more than $500 million trading oil with significant volumes sold to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some finding its way to Turkey, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Thursday. The United States, France, Britain and Russia have...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More