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Paris Climate Change agreement passes key threshold

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year. The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those ...

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Kerry: US won’t block foreign business under nuclear deal

Kerry: US won't block foreign business under nuclear deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to address Iranian complaints that U.S. financial regulations are denying Iran the sanctions relief it deserves under last year’s landmark nuclear deal. Meeting with Iran’s foreign minister on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would not stand in the way of foreign banks or firms doing business ...

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175 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

175 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders from at least 175 countries were signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his young granddaughter, joined dozens of world leaders for a signing ceremony that set a record for ...

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More than 170 states set to sign landmark climate agreement

More than 170 states set to sign landmark climate agreement

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 170 countries are lining up to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal takes a key step toward entering into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joins dozens of world leaders for a signing ceremony that is expected to set a record for international ...

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US buys Iranian heavy water as part of nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is buying 32 metric tons of Iranian heavy water, a key component for one kind of nuclear reactor, to help Iran meet the terms of last year’s landmark nuclear deal under which it agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. The State and Energy departments said ...

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Lead US climate negotiator stepping down

Todd Stern, the Obama administration's Special Enjoy for Climate Change, addressed the challenges and the opportunities of working with China in the context of our broader climate and clean-energy policy. (Image: Center for American Progress via Flickr)

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s lead negotiator for last year’s global climate deal is stepping down. Todd Stern has been the State Department’s envoy for climate talks since 2009. His work culminated with last year’s Paris agreement designed to reduce carbon emissions and stem the effects of climate change. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Stern ...

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US says waiting for IAEA to verify Iran nuke compliance

WASHINGTON — The White House says it’s not ready to suspend economic sanctions against Iran because its compliance with the nuclear deal hasn’t been verified. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Iran is making important progress toward curbing its nuclear program. He says it’s possible the Islamic Republic has already completed all the necessary steps. But Earnest says Iran won’t ...

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Ambition of Paris climate talks rises by half a degree

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (5thL) and Al Gore (6thL), former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman, pose with representative of NGO's, during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS – It would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, but a new global deal to combat climate change may set the world a much more ambitious target than expected, even if achieving that goal is far out of reach for now. With the unexpected support of the United States and Europe, the agreement, due to be completed ...

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Kerry: US trying to speed up efforts to defeat Islamic State

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The United States is seeking new military, counterterrorism and diplomatic ideas to destroy the Islamic State group faster, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, acknowledging the difficulty in eliminating extremists who’ve exploited four years of chaos in the Middle East to become a global threat. He said greater military cooperation with Russia was ...

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U.S. will not pause Keystone review; Obama expected to reject

WASHINGTON – The United States formally denied a request on Wednesday to pause the review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, a decision expected to lead to the project’s rejection by the Obama administration. TransCanada Corp’s request to the State Department for a delay was seen by many as an attempt to postpone the decision until after President Barack ...

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