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Developing nation climate adaptation bill to hit $790bn a year: report PARIS: Developing countries could face a bill of $790 billion (741 billion euros) per year by 2050 for adapting to climate change, anti-poverty agency Oxfam said Wednesday.Carbon-curbing pledges which form the cornerstone of a climate rescue pact to be sealed at a UN summit opening in Paris next week are insufficient, it said in a report.Current commitments from some 170 nations put the world on track to warm by three degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) over mid-19th century levels -- a full 1 C higher than the United Nations target.Unless much more is done, developing nations will end up spending about 50 percent more on climate adaptation by mid-century than they would under a 2 C scenario, the report said."World leaders need to step up. We need further cuts to emissions and more climate funding," Oxfam Executive Director Winnie Byanyima said in a statement."The human cost of climate change must ...

Kerry readies wide-ranging European tour WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry sets out on a European tour Monday, stopping in Paris for a week for a UN climate summit, before heading to a NATO meet and traveling across the continent.Kerry will be joining US President Barack Obama at the 12-day, 195-nation UN climate forum.World powers are negotiating a universal pact to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above mid-19th century levels, and lock in financial support ...
EU must limit migrant numbers: French PM PARIS: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday urged the European Union to limit the number of migrants it allows into the bloc, following heightened security concerns after the Paris attacks."Europe must say that it can no longer accommodate so many migrants, it is not possible," he said in extracts from a lunch with foreign media published by Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung."Controlling the European Union's external borders is essential to the future of the EU. If ...
Hollande meets Obama seeking to ramp up Islamic State fight PARIS: French President Francois Hollande flies into Washington on Tuesday seeking support for his newly declared war on the Islamic State group after the Paris attacks, while the US announced a worldwide travel alert for its citizens.Back in Europe, the manhunt continued for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people, while Brussels entered a fourth day of lockdown amid fears of an "imminent" attack.French police said they were ...
Downing of Russian warplane a 'very serious incident': Kremlin MOSCOW: Russia condemned the downing of a warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border but refused to comment further after Ankara said it had shot down the plane."It is a very serious incident," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "It would be wrong to make some assessments, proposals or announcement when we don't have the full picture."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
NATO calls 'extraordinary meeting' after Turkey downs Russian jet BRUSSELS: NATO allies will hold an "extraordinary" meeting Tuesday at Ankara's request to discuss Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said."At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at (1600 GMT). The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for Turkey to inform Allies about the downing of a Russian airplane," the official told AFP.The North Atlantic Council consists of ambassadors ...
Erdogan son-in-law named energy minister in new Turkey cabinet ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday announced a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including his son-in-law Berat Albayrak who was named energy minister. Another longstanding Erdogan ally, Binali Yildirim, was named transport minister but there was no space in the cabinet for former deputy premier Ali Babacan, a trusted figure in global financial markets.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


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