• Turkey recovers body of pilot from downed Russian jet

    By Dasha Afanasieva and Lidia Kelly ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved…

  • Negotiators grab head start on monumental climate challenge

    By Barbara Lewis and Bate Felix PARIS (Reuters) - Senior negotiators from almost 200 nations on Sunday began thrashing out a new global deal to curb climate change as the president of China, the world's biggest polluter, landed in Paris. The United Nations conference begins at summit level on…

  • Mourners at funeral of Kurdish lawyer cast doubt over justice

    By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Mourners at the funeral on Sunday of Tahir Elci, a Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist gunned down a day earlier in Turkey's volatile southeast, said they were skeptical that those responsible for his killing would be brought to justice. …

  • In Arkansas, a growing population of 'climate change refugees'

    Valentino Keimbar, a native of the Marshall Islands, moved 6,000 miles away from his home in the Pacific Ocean last year to Springdale, Arkansas because of climate change. Located between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshall Islands are made up of 29 atolls and five islands with a population of…

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  • Japan's Antarctic whale hunt reignites war of words

    Before the end of the year, Japanese whalers are scheduled to set out for Antarctic waters despite protests from the United Nations, International Whaling Commission member countries, and animal advocates. In 1986, the International Whaling Commission instated a moratorium on commercial whaling…

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  • Colorado shootings point to abortion debate dominated by extremes

    The anger generated by the recent release of an undercover video in which a Planned Parenthood official discusses the sale of fetal tissue has created an environment that "breeds acts of violence," added the president, Vicki Cowart. According to numerous media reports, the suspect mentioned "no…

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  • Few signs of reconciliation as Russia enacts sanctions against Turkey

    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey offered a small but notable olive branch to Russia on Saturday, saying he is “deeply saddened” by its downing of a Russian fighter jet last week, but the gesture has fallen short of reconciliation. Hours after Mr. Erdoğan's remarks, Russian President…

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  • Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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  • Burkina votes for new president after year of upheaval

    Voters in Burkina Faso went to the polls Sunday to choose a new president and parliament, hoping to turn the page on a year of turmoil during which the west African nation's people ousted a veteran ruler and repelled a military coup. After the polls closed, the president of the Independent…

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  • Mexico tests charred remains as authorities seek missing Aussies

    Mexican authorities will run DNA tests on two charred bodies found earlier this week in a camper van, in a state infamous for narcotics gangs and about 100 miles from where two missing Australian surfers were last spotted. Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, who were in Mexico surfing, were due to travel…

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  • World leaders to launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris

    By Bruce Wallace PARIS (Reuters) - World leaders will launch an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth's rising temperatures, urging each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining meant to steer the global economy away from dependence on fossil fuels. After decades of…

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  • Study: About 1/3 of world cactus threatened with extinction

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — About a third of the world's cactus species are threatened with extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature warns in a new report.

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  • Planned Parenthood says Colorado shooter opposed abortion

    Planned Parenthood said on Sunday that news reports that the gunman who attacked its Colorado health clinic had uttered "no more baby parts" during his arrest showed that the suspect was motivated by an anti-abortion agenda. The remark attributed to suspect Robert Lewis Dear was an apparent…

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  • Salvadoran church apologizes for pedophilia cases

    The archbishop of El Salvador's capital apologized Sunday for pedophilia cases involving a bishop and a priest and pledged to clean house. Bishop Jesus Delgado, 77, was suspended from his functions last week as number three in the country's archdiocese after the alleged victim, today a 42-year-old…

  • Bale, Ronaldo score in Madrid's 2-0 win at Eibar

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale scored his first goal in three months for Real Madrid before Cristiano Ronaldo added a penalty to secure a 2-0 win at Eibar on Sunday and end its two-game losing run in the Spanish league.

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  • Bosnian Serbs dismiss top court's order to change discriminatory law

    By Gordana Katana BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bosnian Serb political leaders declared on Sunday they would not obey a ruling by Bosnia's top court to change a holidays law discriminating against other ethnic groups, dismissing the court as a "political body" which brings "political acts". "We…

  • Human chains, Hollywood heavyweights in global climate rallies

    From Sydney to London, humid Rio to chilly New York, at least 683,000 hit the streets in 2,300 events across 175 countries at the weekend, co-organiser and campaign group Avaaz said, calling it the largest number of people to protest over climate change all at once. About 50,000 demonstrators…