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Paris Climate Change agreement passes key threshold

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year. The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those ...

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Power blackout as French workers strike over labor bill

PARIS (AP) — Striking workers created blackouts by cutting power to a big electricity line in western France and occupied train tracks at a Paris railway hub Thursday as unions at nuclear plants and the national rail service protested the proposed abolition of some French labor protections. Workers have sector-specific demands, but are also tapping into months of widespread anger ...

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Fuel blockades lead to shortages in Paris, police action

France, fuel strike

FOS-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Behind blockades of flaming tires, striking workers in front of the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery are standing firm, playing the accordion — and slowly draining France of its fuel. The union-led blockade, one of several set up at refineries and depots across France, is aimed at securing the withdrawal of the country’s labor reforms, which hopes to ...

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Global, local leaders vow hard work against temperature rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — International leaders and local officials on Thursday pledged to work hard to stem the rise of global temperatures by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy. At a climate action summit, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments, businesses and civil society to make good on the landmark climate agreement concluded ...

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The Paris climate deal at a glance

The Paris climate deal at a glance

NEW YORK (AP) — Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations. Here are some of the key elements of the Paris deal, which is the first agreement requiring all countries to join the fight against global warming. ...

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French courts caught up in Yukos vs. Russia assets fight

French courts caught up in Yukos vs. Russia assets fight

PARIS (AP) — The fight between Russia’s government and magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s dismantled Yukos oil company has spread to courtrooms across Europe — and even into space. France has seen multiple court cases in recent months that had entangled rocket and satellite builders and others, in Yukos’ efforts to recover money it says the Kremlin unfairly appropriated. Former Yukos shareholders ...

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Effect of climate deal on Texas is up in the air

WASHINGTON — All eyes are on Paris this week as the United Nations climate summit finalizes worldwide targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is expected by the conclusion of the two-week summit on Friday, and it is already having a special resonance in Texas, the nation’s largest energy producer. President Barack Obama laid out the U.S. position in a ...

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