Tag: France

France’s President Hollande in Moscow Urges ‘Grand Coalition’ Against ISIS

French President Francois Hollande told Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday world powers must create a “grand coalition” to combat ISIS militants who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.   Hollande is on a diplomatic offensive to build a common front against the militant Islamist group that has claimed responsibility for the attacks in […]

Paris police detain 208 after climate change demo

French police detained 208 people and kept a total of 174 in custody, after activists clashed with police in Paris on Sunday ahead of key climate talks, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.   The minister said the acts of violence in central Paris by the protesters, who hurled bottles and candles at police, must be […]

France Uses Sweeping Powers to Curb Climate Protests, but Clashes Erupt

The French government is using the sweeping emergency powers it gained after the Paris terrorist attacks to clamp down on any possible disruption to the two-week global climate conference that starts on Monday, limiting public demonstrations, beefing up security and placing two dozen environmental activists under house arrest.   The efforts to restrict protests — […]

COP21: Paris conference could be climate turning point, says Obama

US President Barack Obama has said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a “turning point” in global efforts to limit future temperature rises. Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F). Leaders from 147 nations […]

India, US headed for tough negotiations at Paris climate summit

India and the US appeared headed for a face-off at the Paris climate summit starting Monday with the world’s biggest democracies divided over who should share the larger blame for greenhouse gas emission and, therefore, do more towards mitigating it. Ahead of the high-stakes talks to be attended by negotiators from 196 countries, New Delhi […]

Obama: Paris Climate Summit Will Be ‘Powerful Rebuke’ To Terrorists

President Obama calls the upcoming climate summit with world leaders in Paris a “powerful rebuke” to Islamic State terrorists who attacked the city earlier this month.   “What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be, when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better […]

Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Senate Approval of Any Paris Climate Agreement

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution last week expressing the sense of the Senate that any agreement reached at the climate talks in Paris next month “shall have no force or effect” unless the Senate gives its “advice and consent”.   According to the resolution jointly introduced on Thursday by Senators Jim Inhofe […]

Western leaders vow to destroy IS as Brussels hunkers down

Belgian prosecutors announced early Monday that police had detained 16 people in 22 raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among them. Despite the raids, authorities maintained their highest terror alert in the capital for a third straight day.   Federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said 19 raids were carried out in […]

Brussels Maintains Maximum Threat Level for Second Day, Belgium On Alert

Belgium will maintain the highest terror alert level for the capital of Brussels for a third day Monday, indicating a “serious and imminent” threat of attack, the country’s prime minister said.   Brussels would remain under a threat level four on a four-tier scale, meaning public transportation and schools would remain shuttered, said Prime Minister […]

Egypt accuses US of being the mastermind of Paris attacks

Two days ago, the most widely circulated Egyptian daily, Al-Ahram, which is understood to be loyal to the state, continued its demonization of America by running a cartoon depicting Islamic State as a man, marked “Made in USA,” eating another alive, while a person-world is pointing two fingers at the victim, saying “Muslim, terrorist.”   […]