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Queen Elizabeth kicks off Commonwealth summit with climate focus VALLETTA: Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2015 Commonwealth summit on Friday with a colourful ceremony attended by world leaders gathered for pressing talks on climate change.The monarch, dressed in an aqua blue coat with pink flowers adorning her trademark hat, was serenaded by a harp as she arrived to a red-carpet welcome at a huge sandstone conference centre on the seafront in the Maltese capital Valletta.As the clock ticks to a UN climate conference in Paris starting Monday, leaders at the summit including France's Francois Hollande, Britain's David Cameron and the UN's Ban Ki-moon will try to open the door to a landmark accord for limiting greenhouse gases."At this meeting, the Commonwealth will be charged with demonstrating leadership, often in practical ways, on an agenda of global issues," Queen Elizabeth said in her opening address on the Mediterranean island."I wish you every success in this endeavour."She spoke of the Commonwealth's ...

‘Black Friday’ fever hits Pakistan ‘Black Friday’ fever has just hit Pakistan, as Pakistanis are experiencing the excitement this day to celebrate the biggest discount for the first time ever. In an initiative to bring Black Friday to Pakistan, many online stores are offering heavy discounts on their products. Here are few online retailers who are celebrating ‘Black Friday’ today (November 27). Daraz.pkDaraz has brought this ‘Black Friday’ concept to Pakistan offering biggest sale of the year for the ‘first’ ...
US knew flight path of plane downed by Turkey: Putin MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had given prior information to the United States of the flight path of the plane downed by Turkey on the Syrian border. "The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes' flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time," Putin said at a joint press conference with French counterpart Francois Hollande in ...
Venezuela opposition figure's killing was gangland hit: president CARACAS: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday the shooting dead of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of key elections.Maduro said authorities were investigating the "regrettable" death of Luis Manuel Diaz and "the interior ministry has evidence that suggests it was a contract killing carried out to settle a score between rival gangs."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
German police arrest two in Berlin suspected of planning attack BERLIN: German police commando units arrested two people in Berlin on Thursday who are suspected of planning an attack, a police spokesman said. Police first searched at a mosque in western Berlin before finding them at separate location in the south of the capital. Police have sealed off an area where a suspicious car was found. Earlier Bild newspaper had reported the arrests. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Audi CEO must push on with emissions investigation BERLIN: Audi's top labour representative said the causes of emissions issues at Volkswagen's flagship luxury brand must be cleared up with no regard to who may be involved. Chief Executive "Rupert Stadler must push on with it (investigation), completely and without regard to individuals," Peter Mosch, head of Audi's works council and a member of the Audi supervisory board's influential steering committee, said in an emailed statement on Thursday. Audi has suspended two engineers after ...


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