• China Dec 2, 2019

    UN Chief Urges Countries Not to Surrender on Climate Fight

    U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global warming. In his opening speech to delegates, Guterres cited recent scientific data showing that levels of heat-trapping gases have hit a record high, reaching levels not seen...

  • Head Nov 10, 2019

    Germany, Allies Mark 30 Years Since Berlin Wall Fell

    Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe. Leaders from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse — where one of the last parts of the Berlin Wall remains — before placing roses in the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 3, 2019

    US Tariffs on EU Goods Would Include Cheese, Wine, Aircraft

    The Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European imports _ from gouda cheese to single-malt whiskey to large aircraft _ beginning Oct. 18 to retaliate against illegal European Union subsidies for aviation giant Airbus. The latest escalation in the administration’s tariffs will open a new chapter in the trade wars that are depressing the world...

  • prosecutor Sep 30, 2019

    Supercars Taken From African Leader's Son Auctioned for $27M

    Car lovers from around the world splashed out more than $27 million at an auction Sunday for dozens of luxury cars seized from the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president in a Swiss money-laundering probe. The 25 lots sold by auction house Bonhams included a white-and-cream 2014 Lamborghini Veneno roadster that cost the buyer 8.28 million Swiss francs ($8.4 million), comprising...

  • Donald Trump Jul 29, 2019

    Sailing to America: Teen to Bring Her Climate Activism to US

    Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat. The 16-year-old tweeted that she’ll sail across the Atlantic aboard a high-tech racing...

  • Europe Jun 17, 2019

    Climate Talks Held as Arctic Ice Melts, Concerns Grow

    Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming. Officials meeting in the western city of Bonn for the June 17-27 talks are focusing on resolving issues that couldn’t be agreed upon at last December’s climate summit in Poland. This includes the rules...

  • Germany Jun 2, 2019

    German Government Wobbles After Social Democrat Leader Quits

    The leader of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats announced her resignation Sunday following a series of disappointing election results, raising fresh doubts about the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition. Andrea Nahles said she wanted “clarity” after questions were raised about her ability to lead the party. The Social Democrats finished third in last month’s European Parliament election, receiving 15.8%...

  • Germany Jun 2, 2019

    German Government Wobbles After Social Democrat Leader Quits

    The leader of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats announced her resignation Sunday following a series of disappointing election results, raising fresh doubts about the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition. Andrea Nahles said she wanted “clarity” after questions were raised about her ability to lead the party. The Social Democrats finished third in last month’s European Parliament election, receiving 15.8%...

  • Head Apr 16, 2019

    Make Love, Not CO2: Students Worldwide Skip Class to Demand Action on Climate

    From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they see as the failures by their governments to take tough action against global warming. Friday’s rallies were one of the biggest international climate change actions yet, involving hundreds of thousands of students in...

  • Donald Trump Mar 25, 2019

    Syrian Group Wants International Tribunal for IS Detainees

    The U.S-backed Syrian fighters who drove the Islamic State from its last strongholds called Monday for an international tribunal to prosecute hundreds of foreigners rounded up in the nearly five-year campaign against the extremist group. The administration affiliated with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said such a tribunal is needed “for justice to take its course,” particularly after countries have...

  • food Feb 25, 2019

    Consumer Goods Companies Preparing for Climate Change Impact

    Companies behind some of the best-known consumer products — from soaps to sodas — are beginning to factor climate change into their business equation, according to a report published Monday. The survey of 16 major corporations by non-profit group CDP found that many are working to lower their carbon emissions, prepare for the effects of global warming on their supply...

  • DIRECTOR Jan 27, 2019

    Climate Fight: Germany Sets 2038 Deadline to End Coal Use

    In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change. The Coal Commission reached a deal early Saturday following months of wrangling that were closely watched by other coal-dependent countries. “We made it,” Ronald Pofalla, the head of the...

  • Associated Press Dec 6, 2018

    Paris Riots Show Difficulty of Fighting Global Warming With Taxes

    The “yellow vests” in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate negotiators, meeting in Poland this week, say are desperately needed to help wean the world off...

  • Chief Dec 4, 2018

    Leaders Stress Need to Win Support for Climate Measures

    As leaders attending the U.N.’s annual climate summit heard fresh warnings about the dire consequences of leaving global warming unchecked, a new issue emerged Monday as a pressing concern: how to persuade millions of workers their industry can’t have a future if humanity is to have one. Hosting the talks in the heart of its coal region of Silesia, Poland...

  • Donald Trump Dec 2, 2018

    UN Climate Talks Begin in Poland With Boost From G-20 Summit

    Negotiators from around the world began two weeks of talks on curbing climate change Sunday, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Envoys from almost 200 nations gathered in Poland’s southern city of Katowice, a day earlier than originally planned, for the...

  • spokeswoman Nov 29, 2018

    Police Raid Deutsche Bank Offices in Money Laundering Case Related to ‘Panama Papers'

    German authorities raided Deutsche Bank’s headquarters Thursday amid suspicions that its employees helped clients set up offshore companies that were used to launder hundreds of millions of euros. About 170 police officers, investigators and prosecutors swooped in on the bank’s offices in Frankfurt and premises in nearby Eschborn and Gross-Umstadt at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT), seizing electronic and paper records....

  • Donald Trump Nov 28, 2018

    World Faces ‘Impossible' Task at Post-Paris Climate Talks

    Three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering again to agree on the fine print. The euphoria of 2015 has given way to sober realization that getting an agreement among almost 200 countries, each with their own political and economic demands, will be challenging — as evidenced by President Donald Trump’s decision to...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2018

    China, Russia Take Up Globalism Mantle as US Sheds it at UN

    Days after U.S. President Donald Trump denounced globalism before world leaders at the United Nations, China and Russia positioned themselves Friday as defenders of internationalism that are keeping promises when Washington is backing away from them. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi denied his country was trying to eclipse the U.S. as a world leader, but his speech at the U.N....

  • Chairman Sep 19, 2018

    German Doctors: Pussy Riot Poisoning ‘Highly Plausible'

    German doctors treating a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot said Tuesday that claims he was poisoned are “highly plausible,” but stressed they can’t say how this might have occurred or who was responsible....
    Pyotr Verzilov has been receiving intensive care since arriving in Berlin from Moscow on Saturday, but his condition isn’t life threatening, Dr. Kai-Uwe Eckardt of Berlin’s...

  • Europe Jul 28, 2018

    Scientists Say Record Heat, Fires Worsened by Climate Change

    Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe suffered its deadliest wildfire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the U.S. West burned dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of at least 37,000 people near Redding, California. Flood-inducing downpours have pounded the U.S. East this week. It’s all part...

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