World leaders to launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris


PARIS World leaders will launch an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth's rising temperatures, urging each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining meant to steer the global economy away from dependence on fossil fuels.

'No Planet B,' marchers worldwide tell leaders before U.N. climate summit

PARIS/PERTH, Australia More than half a million people from Australia to Paraguay joined the biggest day of climate change activism in history on Sunday, telling world leaders gathering for a summit in Paris there is "No Planet B" in the fight against global warming. | Video

French police detain scores of climate change protesters after clashes

PARIS French police detained scores of climate change protesters after violent clashes on the Place de la Republique in central Paris on Sunday, a day before the official start of an international conference that aims to tackle global warming.

Turkey recovers body of pilot from downed Russian jet

ANKARA/MOSCOW Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved in Syria's war.

Syria's Assad says his enemies increasing support for insurgents

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries had increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory.

Syria army says Turkey increases arms shipments to rebels

BEIRUT The Syrian army said on Saturday that Turkey had recently increased supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment to what it described as terrorists in Syria, and accused its northern neighbor of firing shells at Syrian army positions.

North Korea tested submarine-launched missile, but launch failed: report

SEOUL North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Saturday but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

Merkel under pressure from her own ahead of EU migration summit

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel came under renewed pressure from her own conservatives on Friday to stem the flow of refugees into Germany as she heads to a weekend summit of European Union leaders and Turkey's prime minister.

Microsoft's Gates to start multi-billion-dollar clean tech initiative

NEW YORK/PARIS Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative with heads of state on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, the French government said Friday.

Pilots' union confident of deal to join Lufthansa jobs summit: document

FRANKFURT German pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit is confident it can come to a deal that will allow it to take part in a round table organized by Lufthansa management in a bid to defuse tensions with unions over job and growth prospects.


EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact

BRUSSELS The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.