The Latest: EU: Turkey deal won't provide migrants quick fix
Meeting in South Africa views new models for African citiesJOHANNESBURG (AP) ? With more than half of Africa's population expected to live in cities by the year 2050, a gathering in South Africa on Sunday is exploring new models for urban Africa.
Paris human chain gives emotional jolt to climate summit
Protesters linked hands near the violent heart of the Paris terror attacks Sunday, giving an emotional jolt to world leaders flying into the French capital to try and save Earth from climate catastrophe. As hundreds of thousands of people joined protests worldwide, the human chain aimed to send a highly symbolic message to leaders on the eve of the official opening of a 195-nation UN climate summit in Paris. French authorities cancelled two climate demonstrations in the City of Light after gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people on November 13.
Syria's Assad says his enemies increasing support for insurgents
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries have increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory. Assad was quoted by state media as telling Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's supreme leader, that the military support his country was getting from Iran and Russia had pushed the enemy states he did not name to "further escalate and increase financing and equipping of terrorists". ...
EU seeks Turkish help to slow migrants for cash, EU membership talks - draft
By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Leaders of the European Union aim to sign an agreement with Turkey in Brussels on Sunday that offers Ankara cash and closer ties with the EU in return for Turkish help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe, draft conclusions of the summit showed. Aware of a sense of desperation in Europe for a solution to a crisis that is tearing the bloc apart following the arrival of close to a million people this year, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been driving a hard bargain. The draft deal made clear the trade-off between Turkey's help in handling the flow of migrants that has called into question the future of Europe's passport-free travel, and the EU offer of cash and restarting stalled talks on EU accession.
Russian air strikes kill at least 18 in northwest: Syria monitor
Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens more in the town of Ariha in northwest Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory, said a total of at least 60 people had been killed and wounded in the attack. Officials at the Russian defense ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.
Russian oil tanker grounded in north Pacific
Russian emergency services say cleanup operations are underway after an oil tanker was grounded, damaging one of its fuel tanks. The tanker Nadezhda hit a reef during a storm on Saturday near the port ...
Germany's Merkel says Turkey deal will bring order to migration flowsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday the EU-Turkey migration deal would help put the flow of migrants in a legal framework instead of the current uncontrollable influx. "One main part of this EU-Turkey action plan will be how we can replace illegal migration by legal migration, how we can improve the situation of refugees within Turkey," Merkel said on arrival to the talks.
EU's Juncker says expects deal at Turkey summit on stemming migrant flowBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday he expected the EU-Turkey summit to agree on stemming the influx of migrants to Europe. Draft conclusions of the summit show Turkey would help the European Union handle the flow of migrants in exchange for cash and restarting stalled talks on EU accession. (Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska, Sabine Siebold)
Under tight security, pope urges peace in central Africa
By Philip Pullella and Joe Bavier BANGUI (Reuters) - Protected by the heaviest security ever seen on his trips, Pope Francis on Sunday preached reconciliation in the divided Central African Republic, a nation racked by bloodshed between Muslims and Christians. As the pope's Alitalia plane touched down from Uganda to start his first visit to a war zone, attack helicopters patrolled the skies and armored personnel carriers from French and U.N. peacekeeping forces waited outside the airport. Special security forces wearing patches of the yellow and white colors of the Vatican flag were on hand to help his normal Vatican security retinue.