India's Modi says developing nations need space to growDeveloping countries need room to develop while fighting climate change, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi told delegates at the start of two weeks of U.N. talks in Paris on Monday. "The prosperous still have a strong carbon footprint and the world's billions at the bottom of the development ladder are seeking space to grow. Earlier, he held talks with U.S. President Barack Obama during which Modi pledged to ensure India's development would go "hand in hand" with environmental protection, while Obama acknowledged India's right to grow and fight poverty.
Drifter to face murder charge over Colorado shooting
A 57-year-old drifter arrested over a shooting spree that killed three people and wounded nine at a family planning center in Colorado was expected Monday to be charged with murder. Robert Lewis Dear, who surrendered to police at the scene, was to be advised of the charges against him during an afternoon court hearing, conducted by video link from the jail where he is being held. The nearly six-hour standoff Friday again put US gun culture in the spotlight and triggered renewed debate over Planned Parenthood, a network of not-for-profit women's health care clinics that offer pregnancy checkups, contraceptives and abortions.
In unexpected twist, Assad ally may be Lebanon's next president
By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's political crisis has taken a dramatic turn with the possibility that a friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could become president in a power-sharing deal aimed at breathing life back into the paralyzed state. The idea of Suleiman Franjieh, a childhood friend of Assad, becoming head of state has taken aback many Lebanese, not least because of who tabled it: Saad al-Hariri, a Sunni politician who leads an alliance forged from opposition to Syrian influence in Lebanon. It is no less startling because of the backing it would require from Saudi Arabia and Iran, rival states that wield decisive influence over Lebanon's competing factions and which are in conflict elsewhere in the region, including in Syria.
House may move quickly to overhaul visa waiver programWASHINGTON (AP) ? Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the House will aim to pass legislation by year's end overhauling a program that allows visa-free travel to the U.S.
US to tighten rules for visa-free visits: White House
After recent extremist attacks, the United States is to tighten security procedures for its visa waiver program for visitors from friendly countries, the White House said Monday. US federal agents will also work with the authorities in countries whose citizens are eligible for visa-free travel to help them collect biometric data.
Labour to let its MPs vote with their consciences on Syria strikes
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Monday its MPs could vote according to their consciences on air strikes against militants in Syria, a move that may give Prime Minister David Cameron the parliamentary majority he needs. Cameron believes it is time to join other Western powers in bombing Islamic State, saying Britain could not subcontract its security to other countries after the militant group claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in Paris this month. By allowing the so-called 'free vote' - breaking with a tradition for party leaders to instruct MPs on how to vote on major decisions, Corbyn has moved to quell a rebellion in Labour, which had threatened to engulf his two-month leadership.
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IMF approves China's yuan as elite reserve currency
The International Monetary Fund welcomed China's yuan into its elite reserve currency basket on Monday, recognizing the ascendance of the Asian power in the global economy. The yuan, also known as the renminbi, will join the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and British pound next year in the basket of currencies the IMF uses as an international reserve asset. The move by the IMF executive board, representing the institution's 188 member nations, solidifies China's ambition to see the government-controlled yuan achieve global status as one of the world's top currencies alongside the United States, Europe and Japan.
The Latest: Suspect arrested in University of Chicago threatCHICAGO (AP) ? The latest about an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes on Monday (all times local):
World Bank, six nations call for a price on carbon(Reuters) - The leaders of six countries including France and Mexico, as well as the heads of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, on Monday urged other nations and big corporations to put a price on carbon emissions. On the opening day of a global climate change summit that is expected to give relatively short shrift to the idea of carbon markets or pricing, the group launched the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition initiative in an effort to spread the word and share best practice for successful carbon pricing. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said there was "increasing momentum" for the use of carbon pricing.