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Kobe Bryant to retire at end of season
Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season. Bryant, who is struggling through the worst season of his illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, said in a piece posted on the Players' Tribune website that "I'm ready to let [basketball] go." The decision was not totally unexpected as the 37-year-old Lakers guard has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and had recently said he was considering retirement. This season is all I have left to give," wrote Bryant.
Israel convicts 2 youths in 2014 killing of Palestinian teen
JERUSALEM (AP) ? A Jerusalem court on Monday convicted two Israeli youths in the grisly killing last year of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, while delaying the verdict for the third and chief suspect in the case due to a last-minute insanity plea.
Fights against climate change, terrorism linked: France's HollandeThe fights against terrorism and global warming are closely linked, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday as world leaders met in Paris for climate change talks two weeks after deadly Islamist militant attacks in France's capital. More than 150 world leaders arrived at United Nations climate change talks in Paris armed with promises and accompanied by high expectations as they look to hold back the Earth's rising temperature. Hollande reiterated that a deal to try to keep any further increase in global temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius needed to be "universal, differentiated and binding", with richer countries contributing more than poorer ones.
Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his excitement about the future.
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Vatican leaks trial delayed for a week at defense requestVATICAN CITY (AP) ? A Vatican judge on Monday granted more time for the defense to prepare for a trial over the leak of confidential documents that has put a Spanish monsignor, a pair of Italian journalists and two others in the dock.
EU slams Syria for gaps in chemical weapons declarationTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ? A European Union envoy criticized Syria on Monday for "gaps and contradictions" in its declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments.
More than 20 missing after boat capsizes on Congo's Lake Kivu
More than 20 people are missing after a government-operated speed boat capsized on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, the provincial governor said. Paluku said the boat left from Goma at the northern tip of Lake Kivu at about 7:30 a.m. for Bukavu at its southern edge. Eastern Congo has seen periods of intense conflict over two decades, resulting in millions of deaths from war, hunger and disease.
Obama, Xi tout close US-China climate coordination
PARIS (AP) ? President Barack Obama on Monday touted close U.S. cooperation with China on climate change as vital to world efforts to slow global warming, even as he acknowledged persistent differences with China's President Xi Jinping over cybersecurity and maritime security.