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Obama to still participate in Paris climate talks: US official WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama still plans to participate in a UN climate conference near Paris in two weeks, despite terror attacks that killed 128 people in the French capital, a US official told AFP Saturday.Obama is scheduled to attend the talks which begin in Paris on November 30 and aim to secure a deal staving off catastrophic levels of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday the conference would go ahead as planned.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Agriculture can be 'bridge' with Cuba: top US official HAVANA: The agricultural sector can act as "a bridge" between Cuba and its old Cold War foe the United States, a visiting top US official said Friday.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is the third member of President Barack Obama's cabinet to visit the communist-run island after Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.The trip is designed to speed up efforts at normalizing trade ties between Washington and Havana, after the neighbors agreed to ...
New York lights World Trade Center red, white and blue NEW YORK: New York lit One World Trade Center, the tallest building in America, red, white and blue in solidarity with France after attackers killed at least 120 people in Paris.It was a powerful symbol of US friendship and support for the French, made from the tallest building in the United States, which was built on the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York.Its 408-foot (124-meter) spire is so large it can be seen ...
spontaneous outpouring of support in Montreal MONTREAL: Members of Canada's French-speaking community gathered late Friday in a spontaneous show of support following the wave of attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead.About 500 people assembled under a light rain in Montreal to honor the victims of the deadly Paris assaults, carrying signs that read "We will not retreat," and "We will defend our values.""We will never give in to blackmail," Montreal's Mayor Denis Coderre said, addressing the crowd ...
Pentagon chief sacks top military aide for 'misconduct' WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday fired his top military advisor over allegations of unspecified "misconduct" and ordered that an investigation be launched, the Pentagon said in a statement.Lieutenant General Ron Lewis left his post as senior military assistant after meeting Carter, a US defence official said on condition of anonymity, just weeks after Carter described Lewis as someone "to count on.""The secretary was very surprised to learn about the allegations" late Tuesday, ...
Kerry urges Syria talks participants not to dig in their heels WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry defended diplomatic efforts to end the war in Syria on Thursday and said all participants in talks in Vienna at the weekend had a responsibility not to dig in their heels.Speaking before leaving Washington to attend Saturday's talks in the Austrian capital, Kerry cautioned that much work needed to be done and said the United States had yet to resolve its differences with Russia and Iran on the ...
White House to work with Congress on TPP vote timing WASHINGTON: The Obama administration will work with Congress on the best time to bring a 12-nation Pacific trade pact before lawmakers for a vote, the top US trade official said on Thursday.US Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration, which gave 90 days notice last week of its intent to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was doing everything within its power to move the deal along."The president made clear he'd like to get this done ...


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