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China signals intention to cap carbon, a day after US pledges cuts

China said Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions starting in 2016 — a potentially landmark move that, coupled with an earlier U.S. announcement on power plant emission curbs, could boost sluggish United Nations efforts to produce a new global climate accord.<p>The exact extent of …

Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists.<p>Assad’s Easter visit to Maaloula - …

Is South Sudan on the verge of collapse? | Sudan

The world youngest nation has been shaken by a fierce conflict since December. Thousands have been killed and more than 1 million people have been forced to leave their homes.<p>The latest round of violence was in the oil-rich town of Bentiu, capital of Unity state. Forces loyal to the former vice …

France backs claims that Syrian forces have used chemical weapons recently

Allegations that Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons in recent attacks gained traction on Sunday when France said it had "information" of toxic gases being used against opposition targets.<p>The claim, by the French president, François Hollande, follows accusations by the exiled Syrian …

Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw …

Millennials on Obamacare: what do you mean, affordable?

When President Obama promised millennials that they could get health insurance for $100 a month or less, he wasn't thinking of Assante, a young New Yorker with two part-time jobs and a high cost of living.<p>Assante works two part-time jobs as a server and has lived in New York for about five years. …

Rwanda says France must face 'difficult truth' of role in genocide

French government has pulled out of 20th anniversary commemorations of the Rwandan genocide after comments made by Rwanda's president<p>Rwanda has called on France to face up to the "difficult truth" of its role in the 1994 genocide, amid a diplomatic spat ahead of commemorations marking the 20th …

Africa

Kazakhstan’s largest oilfield will be shut down for at least two years

In another crisis at a giant but star-crossed oilfield, Kazakhstan’s Kashagan will be shut for at least two years while specialty pipelines are made to resist the unforeseen impact of toxic gas, according to a source close to the project.<p>In recent weeks, word has dribbled out that Kashagan—one of …

India to kick off world's biggest election in remote northeast

LAHOAL, India (Reuters) - Indians start voting in the world’s biggest ever election on Monday, with a Hindu nationalist opposition party that has promised economic rejuvenation and jobs tipped to emerge as the clear leader but likely to fall short of an absolute majority.<p>Polling officers check an …

Climate change will mean way less sushi—and way more jellyfish

To anyone on land, climate change can seem subtle. The sea, however, is changing alarmingly. The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—the second of three reports on the impacts of global warming—offers the scary forecast that the hotter the planet, the higher …

Climate Change

Report: N. Korea fires on South during North's military drills; South responds

North and South Korean artillery batteries exchanged hundreds of shells across their western sea border Monday, a day after North Korea warned it was preparing to test another nuclear device.<p>About 100 of the 500 shells North Korea fired into the Yellow Sea strayed across the line separating the two …

Scores killed in clashes in Iraq

Ongoing clashes between anti-government fighters and soldiers in south east Fallujah in Iraq have killed at least 44 soldiers and four armed men.<p>The unrest broke out on Thursday night in Anbar province, a mostly desert region in western Iraq along the Syrian border, where security forces have …

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UN considers probe into Sri Lanka atrocities

Sri Lanka faces renewed condemnation at the United Nations' top human rights body, as a resolution for an international criminal investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by government soldiers is being debated in Geneva.<p>The debate has been denounced by Sri Lankan officials as "unwarranted …

Copenhagen Zoo kills 4 lions, weeks after shooting giraffe

A Danish zoo that made international headlines last month when it killed a healthy giraffe is once again in the news after it killed four lions to make way for a new male.<p>The lions were killed Monday, said Tobias Stenbaek Bro, a spokesman for the Copenhagen Zoo.<p>Two of those were young lions that …

Ukraine crisis: EU is drafting powerful sanctions against Russia, says Cameron

A "strong, robust and powerful" package of trade, financial and economic sanctions is being drawn up by the European Union for use if Russia intervenes in eastern Ukraine, David Cameron told MPs.<p>The prime minister was reporting back to the Commons on meetings over the past four days with his EU …