Climate change: ‘Hell to pay’ if COP24 talks fail

Image copyright Getty Images Amid impassioned pleas for progress, negotiators at the UN climate talks in Poland are facing the final day with many issues undecided. Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said there would be “hell to pay” if countries failed to take significant steps. Countries are struggling to complete the complex “rulebook” of the…

Trump Team Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks. Protests Erupt, but Allies Emerge, Too.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. KATOWICE, Poland — Trump administration officials at high-stakes climate talks here offered an unapologetic defense of fossil fuels on Monday, arguing that a rapid retreat from coal, oil and gas was unrealistic. While that stance brought scorn from environmentalists and…

Huawei CFO arrest: What it means for US-China trade talks

Meng’s arrest won’t keep the US and China from beginning negotiations, likely next week in Washington. Both sides have much to gain from reopening talks. Trump is under pressure from jittery equity markets and Chinese tariffs on US agricultural products, and Xi is eager to get relief from US tariffs that contribute to a slowing…

Huawei arrest ‘separate’ from US-China trade talks, says Navarro

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ms Meng is chief financial officer of Huawei, the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has said there is no link between US-China trade negotiations and the arrest of a top executive at China’s Huawei. “They are two separate events,” Mr Navarro told CNN on Friday,…

Afghan Election Dispute Brews as U.S. Pushes for Peace Talks

KABUL, Afghanistan — An election complaints agency on Thursday invalidated all of the votes cast in Kabul Province in October’s parliamentary election, more than a million in all, over fraud allegations, pushing the country toward another political crisis just as a top American diplomat arrived to build momentum for peace talks with the Taliban. The…

Yemen Peace Talks Begin With Agreement to Free 5,000 Prisoners

CAIRO — Yemen’s warring sides agreed on Thursday to exchange prisoners, starting peace consultations in Sweden that aim to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of famine. The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, opened the talks, saying they represented a “critical opportunity”…

Yemen war: UN-backed peace talks set to begin in Sweden

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe UN says Yemen is on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years if the war continues UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending nearly four years of civil war in Yemen are due to begin in Sweden. A UN team will work alongside delegations…

Houthi Delegation Leaves Yemen for Talks in Sweden

While Iran has supplied missiles to the Houthis, including some that have been fired at Saudi cities, Yemen analysts say the war is principally driven by the violent factionalism that wracked Yemen in the aftermath of the Arab Spring protests of 2011. Analyst cautioned that the talks, which are to take place in a renovated…

China agrees to make fentanyl a controlled substance after talks with US at G20 summit

In a statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said China has “decided to schedule the entire category of fentanyl-type substances as controlled substances, and start the process of revising relevant laws and regulations.” China and the United States have “agreed to take active measures to strengthen cooperation on law enforcement and narcotics control,” including the control of…