TOKYO: Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rebounded since his government rammed through unpopular security legislation, according to polls published Monday, as he re-focuses on the struggling economy.
LE BOURGET, France: World leaders launch a whirlwind day of talks in the French capital on Monday, aimed at forging an elusive agreement to stave off calamitous global warming.
BEIJING: Northern China choked under some of the worst smog this year on Monday, with levels in Beijing soaring to 22 times healthy limits, triggering the city’s second-highest pollution alert on the eve of global climate change talks.
BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil: This village used to be home for about 600 people. Then on Nov. 5, a dam at a nearby iron ore mine burst, unleashing a tsunami of mud that swept away nearly everything in its path, flattening houses, uprooting trees and tossing cars.
A suspected burglar who attempted to enter a California home through the chimney died on Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire without realizing the intruder was inside, police said.
TOKYO: Japan will dispatch a “research” whaling mission to the Antarctic Ocean on Tuesday, the government said, defying international criticism and despite a UN legal decision that such activity disguises commercial hunts.
BANGUI, Central African Republic: Pope Francis is set to visit a mosque in a flashpoint area of the Central African Republic’s capital on Monday, as he wraps up his first visit to the continent.
PARIS: At another time, it would have been a glorious tour of Paris by night. But for the saddest of destinations.
PARIS: Paris riot police fired teargas Sunday in clashes with far-left activists in Paris during a climate change demonstration ahead of key UN talks after several thousand protesters had formed a human chain in the city.
NEW DELHI: The tens of thousands of people who participated in Sunday’s half marathon in India’s capital had more than just running 21 kilometers (13 miles) through New Delhi’s streets on a misty, chilly morning to deal with. They also had to overcome the city’s unparalleled air pollution.
BEIJING: Beijing on Sunday issued its highest-level smog alert this year and urged residents to stay indoors as dangerous air pollution continued to cloak swathes of northern China.
PARIS: Protesters linked hands near the violent heart of the Paris terror attacks Sunday, giving an emotional jolt to world leaders flying into the French capital to try to save Earth from a climate catastrophe.
TEHRAN: A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said on Sunday.
ANKARA: The body of a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot down by Turkey last week will be handed over to a Russian representative after being retrieved from Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday.
KATHMANDU: Police in Nepal arrested 38 protesters Sunday for trying to enforce a strike against neighbouring India, which is accused of orchestrating a weeks-long border blockade that has caused crippling fuel shortages.
SYDNEY: Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd on Sunday warned Japan against resuming “research” whaling in the Antarctic while calling on the Australian government to intervene.
VALLETTA: Cannon shots rang out across the harbour in Valletta on Saturday in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as she sailed across the bay on the final leg of her state visit to Malta.
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama declared “enough is enough” and made an impassioned call for tighter controls on military-style weapons Saturday, a day after a gunman killed three people at a family planning centre.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado: The moment a receptionist heard gunfire and an “intruder” burst into the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, the well-drilled staff immediately activated lockdown procedures, the organization’s local president said on Saturday.
ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday expressed “sadness” over Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane that has severely strained relations, saying he wished the incident had never happened.
VALLETTA: The Commonwealth was finalising fresh agreements on climate change and turning its focus to tackling radicalisation and corruption on Saturday as leaders retreated to a medieval Maltese fortress for intimate talks.
BAMAKO: Two UN peacekeepers and a civilian were killed and 14 others were injured in a rocket attack Saturday on a UN base in the northeastern Malian town of Kidal, UN and local sources said.
STRASBOURG, France: Nearly 1,000 people thought to pose security risks have been denied entry into France since stepped-up border controls were imposed ahead of the COP21 climate talks on November 13, just hours before the Paris attacks, the interior minister said Saturday.
GUESSING, Austria: Broke, remote and deprived of jobs – just 25 years ago, the border town of Guessing close to Hungary was one of the poorest in Austria, a forgotten frontier along the Iron Curtain trail.
TOKYO: Japan will resume “research” whaling in the Antarctic by the end of March next year, local media reported Saturday, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose.
KANO, Nigeria: The death toll in a suicide bombing on a Shia Muslim procession near the northern Nigerian city of Kano has risen to 22 after one more person was confirmed dead, one of the organisers said Saturday.
SEOUL: South Korean police on Saturday banned a anti-government demonstration planned in Seoul next week, citing concerns the protest could turn violent, a spokesman said.
MANILA: Thousands turned out for climate change marches in Manila and Brisbane Saturday, part of a weekend of action across the globe to demand results from next week’s historic Paris summit.
DUBAI: Bahrain’s Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa was taken to hospital on Friday night but was in stable condition, state news agency BNA said.
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