How tiny Wallonia can torpedo landmark EU-Canada free trade deal
A landmark EU-Canada free trade accord was hanging by a thread Monday after the French-speaking region of Wallonia led a revolt against the federal government which backs the deal. Seven years in negotiation to 2014, two years in ratification and now a stumble at the last hurdle which threatens a signing ceremony in Brussels Thursday, due to be attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Here is a summary of Belgium's complex constitutional arrangements which allow the regions to trump the central government.
Eurozone business activity grows at fastest pace this year
LONDON (AP) ? Business activity across the 19 eurozone economies grew in October at its fastest pace so far this year, shrugging off any major concerns about Britain's "Brexit" vote, a survey showed Monday.
UN weather agency: Heat-trapping gas surges beyond milestoneThe World Meteorological Organization says heat-trapping gases in Earth's atmosphere are growing faster than before, surging permanently beyond a troubling milestone.
Exclusive: Philippines police plan new phase in drugs war - sources
By Tom Allard and Clare Baldwin MANILA (Reuters) - Signaling a shift in strategy in its blood-soaked war against drugs, Philippines police aim to reduce the killing of suspects and put more resources into arresting prominent people tied to the trade, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Project Double Barrel Alpha will put a stronger focus on arresting politicians, military, police, government officials and celebrities allegedly involved in narcotics, the sources said. The new approach will be outlined on Tuesday at a meeting of police chiefs from each of the Philippines' 18 regions at Camp Crame, the police headquarters north of the capital Manila, Philippines National Police spokesman Dionardo Carlos confirmed to Reuters.
Serbian president: EU's membership conditions 'humiliating'BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) ? Serbia's president has accused the European Union of setting "humiliating" conditions for the Balkan country's membership.
Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits new high: UN
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has passed an ominous milestone, ushering the planet into "a new era" of climate change, the UN said Monday. For the first time on record, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere averaged 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. CO2, the main greenhouse gas driving climate change, has previously passed the 400 ppm threshold on certain months in specific locations but never on a globally averaged basis, WMO said.
Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d'Or longlist
Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or. Both were on the 2016 longlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also on the list, while Barcelona's Argentine superstar Lionel Messi was expected to be added later.
One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking
CHICAGO (AP) ? New research shows cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.
In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground
BEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia ? a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad ? said it was not planning more "humanitarian pauses" in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts.
Battle lines hold firm at global whaling huddle
Portoro? (Slovenia) (AFP) - Pro- and anti-whaling nations dug in their heels at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for a sanctuary in the Atlantic. "The moratorium on commercial whaling should and could be lifted on a stock-by-stock basis based on sound scientific evidence," Japan insisted in a written submission. The commission's own advisory scientific committee "has confirmed that certain stocks of whale species are recovered", which implies the moratorium is outdated, it argued.