• Iran nuclear deal signatories meet in Vienna as accord nears collapse

      Iran nuclear deal signatories meet in Vienna as accord nears collapse

      The remaining signatories to the faltering 2015 Iran nuclear deal will meet in Vienna on Friday with the survival of the landmark agreement at stake after Tehran vowed to continue to breach the deal’s limits on its nuclear programme. Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran will take part in the meeting, which is the first time the six parties will have gathered in this format since July.

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    • Western Balkans' solo tango

      Western Balkans' solo tango

      It takes two to tango: the Western Balkans between hope and reality, was the title of the high-level international conference, held at TownHall Europe in Brussels and organised by Friends of Europe, a leading think tank.

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    • Natural gas drives record CO2 emissions in 2019

      Natural gas drives record CO2 emissions in 2019

      Global carbon emissions boosted by soaring natural gas use are set to hit record levels in 2019 despite a decline in coal consumption and a string of countries declaring a climate emergency, researchers said Wednesday. In its annual analysis of fossil fuel trends, the Global Carbon Project said CO2 emissions were on course to rise 0.6% this year - slower than previous years but still a world away from what is needed to keep global warming in check.

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    • Choose hope or climate surrender, says UN chief

      Choose hope or climate surrender, says UN chief

      Confronted with a climate crisis threatening civilisation itself, humanity must choose between hope and surrender, UN chief Antonio Guterres told the opening plenary of the UN COP25 climate conference. He urged countries Monday not to give up in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global warming.

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    • Iraq's embattled PM brought down

      Iraq's embattled PM brought down

      The government of Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi ended Sunday after two months of violent unrest that has left more than 420 people dead and thousands mourning them in nationwide marches. As anti-government demonstrators across the strife-torn country massed to honour the fallen activists, parliament met to accept the resignation which the 77-year-old had offered two days before.

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    • Guterres twits “war against nature” behaviour

      Guterres twits “war against nature” behaviour

      Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, a day before the start of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid (2 – 13 December), UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of accelerating climate change impacts and called on governments to demonstrate increased ambition and commitment.

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    • NATO’s progress report 2018-2019 released

      NATO’s progress report 2018-2019 released

      In 2020 NATO’s allies will continue to increase their defence spending, in real terms, for the sixth consecutive year. By then, European allies and Canada will, since 2016, have added a cumulative total of $30bn to their defence budgets. Based on national plans submitted by allies in 2019, this figure will rise to $400bn by the end of 2024.

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