- World leaders gather to try to save Earth from overheating Updated: Nov-30-15 4:23 pm
LE BOURGET, France - With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc.
- With peace near, debate grows over Colombia's draft Updated: Nov-30-15 8:33 am
SACHICA, Colombia - The army truck pulled up at 4 p.m. on a Sunday as Omar Rodriguez, in a baseball cap and torn jeans, walked to a bus stop in his rural village of tile-roofed white homes.
- South Korea parliament ratifies free trade pact with China Updated: Nov-30-15 5:06 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's parliament on Monday approved a free trade pact with China after opposition lawmakers secured a $1.4 billion relief package for farmers.
- Timeline of key events in UN effort against climate change Updated: Nov-30-15 3:53 am
PARIS - After decades of warnings from scientists that greenhouse gas emissions were warming the planet, governments started coming together in the 1980s to combat the problem. Here's a timeline of key moments in the diplomatic effort to stop global warming, leading up to the U.N. climate conference in Paris:
- Israel 'soon' to open Abu Dhabi office for renewable energy Updated: Nov-27-15 1:35 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel "soon" will open an office focused on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates - even though the two nations have no diplomatic relations, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.
- Philippine forces kill 8 suspected to have IS sympathies Updated: Nov-26-15 8:57 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a clash in the southern Philippines on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.
- Polish minister: Country against further gas emission cuts Updated: Nov-25-15 12:20 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's new environment minister said Wednesday he is against further cuts in carbon gas emissions, a key topic during climate talks next week in Paris.
- UN official: Further progress made in Cyprus peace talks Updated: Nov-25-15 10:31 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus have made further progress and the island's rival leaders are confident remaining issues can be resolved soon, a U.N. envoy said Wednesday.
- Revised nuclear deal between South Korea, US takes effect Updated: Nov-25-15 5:39 am
SEOUL, South Korea - A new nuclear treaty with the United States governing South Korea's commercial nuclear activities during the next 20 years went into effect Wednesday, the South Korean government said.
- China, US promise better protection for business secrets Updated: Nov-24-15 1:18 am
BEIJING - U.S. and Chinese trade envoys on Tuesday promised to work together to protect business secrets and Beijing appeared to give ground in a dispute over proposed technology security rules for its banks.
- The Latest: Myanmar leader thanked for move toward democracy Updated: Nov-22-15 7:27 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Ten Southeast Asian heads of state and nine world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are meeting in Malaysia to discuss trade and economic issues. Terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea are also on the agenda. (All times local.)
- In Asia, Obama takes softer tone on human rights, corruption Updated: Nov-22-15 4:12 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - In Southeast Asia, President Barack Obama has taken a softer tone on human rights and corruption in a part of the world that rights groups claim is rife with abuses.
- Obama hails 'very strong' relations with Singapore Updated: Nov-22-15 2:18 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - President Barack Obama says relations between the U.S. and Singapore are strong and that the Asian nation is an excellent international partner.
- SE Asia creates Economic Community, but challenges remain Updated: Nov-21-15 11:39 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.
- US eyes food exports to growing Asia under TPP trade pact Updated: Nov-20-15 6:21 am
TOKYO - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended Friday a recently agreed-to 12-nation Pacific trade pact, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership would provide a counterbalance to China's growing influence in the region while also opening up promising Asian markets with their burgeoning middle class.
- In Ohio, Bill Clinton stresses importance of public service Updated: Nov-19-15 7:28 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday stressed the importance that public service will play in an increasingly interdependent world.
- Prosecutors: Man convicted in Russia for fatal NYC stabbings Updated: Nov-19-15 6:44 pm
NEW YORK - A man who authorities say fatally stabbed his wife and her adult daughter in New York before fleeing to Russia has been tried and convicted overseas - marking the second time anyone has been convicted in Russia for a crime committed in the U.S., prosecutors said Thursday.
- Libyan-American group files complaint to UN about envoy Updated: Nov-19-15 3:18 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A Libyan-American group said Thursday it has filed a complaint with the United Nations demanding it investigate the circumstances surrounding the hiring of the U.N.'s former envoy to Libya by the United Arab Emirates, which backs one of the country's rival governments.
- Obama pitches trade deal, deeper cooperation with Japan Updated: Nov-19-15 6:44 am
MANILA, Philippines - President Barack Obama is using a meeting with Japan's prime minister to pitch a free-trade deal among Pacific Rim countries and emphasize a close partnership between the U.S. and Japan.
- Obama promotes trade deal in Asia Updated: Nov-18-15 10:27 pm
MANILA, Philippines - When President Barack Obama gathered his partners in a new trade deal to celebrate finalizing the massive accord, the group posed for a fast photo, shook some hands and got back to work.
- Palestinian leader discusses failed peace effort Updated: Nov-18-15 2:01 pm
JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has shined new light on the breakdown of a potentially history-altering round of 2008 peace talks, saying that he rejected an offer from Israel's Ehud Olmert - which included placing Jerusalem's Old City under international control - because he was not allowed to study the map.
- US, Cuba sign first environmental accord since thaw Updated: Nov-18-15 1:16 pm
HAVANA - The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles (140 kilometers), the first environmental accord since announcing plans to renew diplomatic relations.
- In Keystone snub, Obama tries to lockdown his climate legacy Updated: Nov-07-15 8:40 am
WASHINGTON - For years, President Barack Obama chided Republicans and Democrats alike for treating the Keystone XL pipeline as a signal of whether the U.S. would seriously fight global warming. Now that he's killed the project, Obama is holding it up as Exhibit A as he works to lock in his environmental legacy with a powerful international climate accord.
- Timeline of China-Taiwan relations leading to historic meet Updated: Nov-07-15 4:18 am
BEIJING - China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. They have in recent years set aside that dispute to build trust and sign economic cooperation deals, and their presidents met for the first time Saturday.
- US-South African agricultural trade hangs in the balance Updated: Nov-06-15 9:06 am
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is holding urgent discussions in an attempt to avert a U.S. suspension of part of a trade agreement between the two countries that provides an important boost to this nation's economy, officials said on Friday.