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Paris Climate Talks: What You Need to Know

A cheat sheet on what to read about the summit

(Newser) - Representatives from nearly 200 countries are in Paris Monday for the start of a two-week conference on climate change. The main goal is to get a deal on keeping global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels, reports USA Today . Some essential reading:
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Obama Lays Single Rose at Paris Massacre Site

Bataclan was his first stop after arrival

(Newser) - President Obama landed in Paris just before midnight Sunday and his motorcade took an unexpected route along the Seine. The president, who's in France for climate change talks, rode past the Eiffel Tower, the French Assembly building, and the Bastille before arriving at the famed Bataclan concert hall, site... More »

Paris Busts 100 as Banned Protests Turn Violent

Police fire tear gas at climate change protesters

(Newser) - The Paris police chief says that about 100 people have been detained after a protest seeking a global climate deal turned violent. Michel Cadot told reporters that police identified about 200 or 300 people who violated a ban on all protests under the country's state of emergency. The state... More »

With Protests Banned, 20K Pairs of Shoes Dot Paris

Including a pair sent on behalf of the pope

(Newser) - Some 20,000 pairs of empty shoes were lined up in downtown Paris ahead of the start of international climate negotiations Sunday, filling in for global warming protesters who were not permitted to march because of security after this month's attacks. The footwear ranged from high heels to boots,... More »

After Attacks, French Flock to Join the Army

Injured survivors stretchered in to memorial service

(Newser) - Among ordinary French people, the response to the Paris terror attacks has been remarkably similar to the US response to 9/11. The number of people applying to join the French military has quintupled, with people of all ages descending on recruitment offices, the New York Times reports. "I've... More »

Soccer Team Jerseys Drop Sponsor, Add Paris Tribute

'Je Suis Paris' to temporarily take place of Emirates Airline on Paris team's shirts

(Newser) - The Paris Saint-Germain soccer team wanted to show the world that its thoughts are with its home city and the victims of the recent terror attacks —so it has (temporarily) ditched a major sponsor from its jerseys and replaced it with a message of solidarity instead, reports For the... More »

Official: Man Behind Paris Attacks Was Planning More Carnage

He reportedly planned to bomb a Paris business district the following week

(Newser) - The man believed to have planned the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital's business district. Abdelhamid Abaaoud and an accomplice are believed to have been planning to attack La Defense... More »

3rd Body Pulled From Raid Rubble Near Paris

And 2nd body has been positively IDed as female cousin of alleged mastermind

(Newser) - A third body has been pulled from the wreckage of Wednesday's police raid north of Paris, the New York Times reports. The body of alleged attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud was positively identified Thursday, and forensics experts also confirmed the body of Hasna Aitboulahcen, said to be Abaaoud's cousin,... More »

Suspects in Paris Attack Owned Bar

It was closed over drug trafficking allegations this month

(Newser) - Before they were suspects in the deadliest attack on French soil since WWII, brothers Brahim and Salah Abdeslam owned a bar called Les Beguines in Brussels, the Wall Street Journal reports. "I used to go there every day after work," a neighbor tells the Telegraph . "We would... More »

Raided Paris Terror Cell Was Ready to Strike: Prosecutor

2 dead, 8 arrests in raid near Paris—but fate of alleged mastermind still unclear

(Newser) - Paris prosecutor Francois Molins gave new details on the police raid on an alleged ISIS terror cell just north of Paris in a press conference Wednesday. Some highlights :
  • Molins said about 5,000 rounds were fired by police during an hourlong gunfight between heavily armed police and those inside the
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Father, Son Have Poignant Talk About Paris Attacks

'They might have guns, but we have flowers'

(Newser) - A video interview is going viral thanks to the poignant father-son discussion it portrays, People reports. The little boy was asked by a reporter if he understands why attackers terrorized Paris on Friday, and he answered, "because they're really mean" before adding that his family will need to... More »

Sikh Portrayed as Paris Terrorist, Media Fooled

Social media and news outlets were quick to make the doctored image go viral

(Newser) - “Let us start with the basics,” Veerender Jubbal tweeted. “Never been to Paris. Am a Sikh dude with a turban. Lives in Canada.” The message was in response to a doctored image of Jubbal that went viral after Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, the Mary... More »

Why 'Containing' ISIS May Make It More Dangerous

Columnist explains why ISIS might be 'lashing out'

(Newser) - When President Obama said, just one day before the Paris terror attacks, that ISIS had been "contained," he wasn't wrong. On Vox , Zack Beauchamp lays out a solid case explaining that the terror group's "march across Syria and Iraq ... has in fact been stalled and... More »

Speaker Ryan: Let's 'Pause' a Bit on Syrian Refugees

'We cannot let terrorists take advantage of our compassion': Paul Ryan

(Newser) - House Speaker Paul Ryan called Tuesday for a "pause" in Syrian refugees coming to the US in the wake of the Paris attacks . "Our nation has always been welcoming, but we cannot let terrorists take advantage of our compassion," Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters after a closed-door House... More »

Charlie Hebdo: Screw ISIS, 'We Have the Champagne!'

Satire mag pulls no punches after Paris attacks

(Newser) - Few can relate better to Friday's terror attacks in the City of Light than the staff of Charlie Hebdo , the Parisian satirical magazine that lost 12 members in its own terrorist attack in January. A sneak peek of this week's cover, tweeted by columnist Mathieu Madenian ahead of... More »

Justin Bieber's Friend Died in Paris Attacks

Thomas Ayad was a UMG executive

(Newser) - Thomas Ayad, a friend and former colleague of Justin Bieber, was killed in the Paris terror attacks Friday, and Bieber offered a tribute to the United Music Group exec Monday on Twitter , Us reports. "Still thinking about Paris and my friend Thomas that we lost in the tragedy,"... More »

Pregnant Woman Reunites With Bataclan Rescuer

Man pulled her up from window ledge; both escaped

(Newser) - One of many terrifying images from Friday's Paris attacks was of a pregnant woman dangling from a window of the Bataclan. Now, a friend of the unidentified woman says she survived and has been in touch with the man who helped save her. A man identified only as Sebastien... More »

John Oliver's Foul-Mouthed ISIS Tirade Strikes a Chord

Thank goodness he's on HBO

(Newser) - John Oliver really made use of "HBO’s liberal profanity policy" Sunday night on Last Week Tonight, as Slate puts it. The host, who became a new dad just days ago , opened his show with a discussion of the Paris terror attacks, and he did not hold back. "... More »

California Student Among Paris Victims

Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was studying design

(Newser) - As authorities identify victims of the Paris attacks—who come from countries as varied as England, Mexico, and Morocco—America is grieving one of its own. Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was dining out at a restaurant with other Cal State Long Beach students Friday when terrorists took her life, the LA ... More »

Paris Hunting This Suspected Attacker

Public warned 'Do not intervene yourself' if Salah Abdeslam spotted

(Newser) - French police put out a photo of a fugitive in the Paris attacks on Sunday, saying the suspect is on the run and too dangerous for anyone outside law enforcement to engage directly. Police identified the man suspected of renting the car that delivered attackers to the Bataclan concert hall... More »

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