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UN climate conference begins in Paris

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Paris, Nov 30 (AP) -High-level climate talks have begun in Paris with the goal of a long-term deal to reduce man-made emissions.

Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal, who played host to the last U.N. climate conference in Lima, declared this year's meeting open Monday morning.

A total of 151 world leaders have converged on Paris to launch the two-week talks in hopes of giving an impetus for an ambitious agreement.

Vidal said a deal would show the world that countries can work...

Malaysian pleads guilty to indecent assault in NZ

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Wellington, Nov 30 (AP) - A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand after earlier leaving the country under the protection of diplomatic immunity pleaded guilty Monday to indecent assault.

Muhammad Rizalman Ismail faces a maximum of seven years in prison. He had...

Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic

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Tokyo, Nov 30 (AP) - Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.

Monday's announcement comes days after Japan submitted...

Greek PM Tsipras takes on Turkey’s Davutoglu on Twitter

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Athens, Nov 30 (AP) - A highly unusual online exchange took place on Twitter between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey late Sunday before the former deleted his tweets - but only from the English version of his account.

The official English-speaking account of Greek prime minister Alexis...

Turkey says pilot’s body to be flown back to Russia

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Ankara, Nov 29 (AP) - The Turkish prime minister says Turkey has taken delivery of the body of a Russian pilot who was killed after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane.

Ahmet Davutoglu says the pilot's body was brought to the border province of Hatay "through Turkey's initiatives" early...

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