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With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris

PARIS World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming. | Video

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Turkey calls for opening of communication channels with Russia

ANKARA Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Tuesday for the opening of communication channels between Turkey and Russia to prevent incidents like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets along the Syrian border last week.

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Merkel cabinet backs German role in military campaign against IS

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved plans on Tuesday for Germany to join the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, a big step for the country, which had long resisted a direct role in the conflict.

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Indonesia says faulty component, crew response contributed to AirAsia crash

JAKARTA Chronic problems with a faulty rudder system and the way pilots tried to respond were major factors in the crash of an Indonesian AirAsia jet last year that killed all 162 people on board, investigators said on Tuesday.

Two Pakistani soldiers killed in rare targeted Karachi attack

KARACHI, Pakistan Gunmen killed two Pakistani soldiers in the southern city of Karachi on Tuesday, the military said, a rare attack on the powerful army that could indicate the beginning of a push-back against a tightening crackdown on violence.

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Dozens of Houthis killed in major offensive across border from Yemen: residents

DUBAI Dozens of Yemeni Houthi fighters were killed during an assault on the border with Saudi Arabia, residents and Saudi state television said on Tuesday, in what they described as a major push to try to capture territory inside the kingdom.

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