Critical Climate Talks Open in Paris Amid Hopes and Fears

Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister, left, and Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general at the UN's conference on climate change.

Two weeks of the most crucial negotiations ever held on slowing the destructive warming of the earth in this century began in Paris on Nov. 30. The importance of the 21st Convention of Parties — COP21 — was evident in the attendance of more than 150 world leaders and other participants, a total representation of … Read more

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India’s UN Ambassador Is Retiring

Ambassador Puri of India

Hardeep Singh Puri, 60, the Indian ambassador to the United Nations, has announced his retirement, which will take effect at the end of February. Ashoke Mukherji, The Times of India reported, is likely to be Puri’s replacement at the UN. Puri has been ambassador to the UN since 2009. He led the country through its … Read more

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