Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions
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Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The largest group of world leaders ever to stand together kicked off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks outside Paris on Monday, saying that striking an ambitious deal to curb global warming can show terrorists what countries can achieve when they are united. “What greater rejection of those who would … Continue reading

Diplomats: NATO to invite Montenegro to join alliance
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Diplomats: NATO to invite Montenegro to join alliance

BRUSSELS (AP) — Foreign ministers from NATO countries were expected to invite Montenegro to join the military alliance despite Russia’s objection to the move, diplomats said, the latest sign of discord between the West and Moscow even as they both battle the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Montenegro’s accession was one of several … Continue reading

EU free travel in danger as borders tighten, fences go up
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EU free travel in danger as borders tighten, fences go up

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Passport free travel in Europe is under threat as countries reintroduce border controls, toughen security and build fences in response to the biggest refugee emergency the continent has seen in decades. The Schengen open-borders zone uniting 30 countries is a pinnacle of European achievement. It underpins the EU economy, allowing goods, … Continue reading

Radical Poles mark Independence Day with anti-migrant march
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Radical Poles mark Independence Day with anti-migrant march

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of flag-waving Polish nationalists marched through Warsaw on Wednesday with an anti-migrant message as they marked Independence Day. The event took place peacefully in contrast to violence that has marked the holiday in past years. The march was organized by several radical far-right organizations under the slogan “Poland for Poles. … Continue reading

Putin calls for investigation of Russian doping allegations
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Putin calls for investigation of Russian doping allegations

MOSCOW (AP) — Facing allegations that Russia engages in extensive, state-sponsored doping, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on sports officials to carry out an internal investigation – but said that clean athletes shouldn’t be punished for the actions of those who take banned drugs. Putin’s comments at a late-night meeting in Sochi, the city … Continue reading

Kremlin-controlled TV airs ‘secret’ plans for nuclear weapon
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Kremlin-controlled TV airs ‘secret’ plans for nuclear weapon

MOSCOW (AP) — Details of a new Russian submarine-launched nuclear torpedo have been shown on state-controlled TV, a secret the Kremlin said should never have been aired. Some observers, however, saw it as a deliberate leak. The airing of the video on television channels under tight Kremlin control raised suspicions that it was done intentionally … Continue reading

Russia pounds Syrian rebels, then reaches out to opposition
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Russia pounds Syrian rebels, then reaches out to opposition

BEIRUT (AP) — When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country was ready to aid Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, rebel commanders scoffed, pointing out that Russian aircraft were pounding their bases in central and northern Syria on a daily basis. Moreover, Lavrov not long ago had ridiculed the main Western-backed rebels … Continue reading

Right-wing Polish leader: Migrants carry diseases to Europe
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Right-wing Polish leader: Migrants carry diseases to Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Former Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has shocked some in Poland by claiming that the Muslim migrants now arriving in Europe are carrying diseases that could hurt local people. The comments sparked a sharp rebuke from some of his political opponents, with one left-wing politician, Janusz Palikot, slamming Kaczynski’s statement as … Continue reading

Russian Embassy shelled in Syria as insurgents hit back
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Russian Embassy shelled in Syria as insurgents hit back

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Russian Embassy in Damascus was shelled Tuesday as pro-government demonstrators gathered outside, and Syria’s largest insurgent coalition announced an offensive to counter Moscow’s airstrikes that have injected new fury in the conflict. Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, meanwhile, released an audio message purportedly from its leader urging Muslims in the former … Continue reading

Russia launches airstrikes in Syria, says targeting IS
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Russia launches airstrikes in Syria, says targeting IS

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria for the first time on Wednesday, targeting what Moscow said were Islamic State positions. A U.S. official and others cast doubt on that claim, saying the Russians appeared to be attacking opposition groups fighting Syrian government forces. President Vladimir Putin sought to portray the … Continue reading

Syria’s Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops
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Syria’s Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomed Wednesday’s decision by Russia to send troops to his war-torn country, saying the military support from Moscow is the result of a Damascus request. The development came as Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday for the first time. A U.S. defense official … Continue reading