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Governments keep global climate deal on track despite U.S. pullout
BONN, Germany, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Almost 200 nations kept a 2015 global agreement to tackle climate change on track on Saturday after marathon talks overshadowed by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out.
Syria toxic gas inquiry to end after Russia again blocks U.N. renewal
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An international investigation into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria will end on Friday after Russia blocked for the third time in a month attempts at the United Nations to renew the inquiry, which Moscow has slammed as flawed.
Russia blocks bid to briefly extend Syria chemical weapons inquiry
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just a day after Moscow blocked a U.S. push to renew the investigation.
Lebanon's Hariri on Twitter: "I am on the way to the airport"
CAIRO (Reuters) - Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said late on Friday he is on his way to the airport in Saudi Arabia.
Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France on Friday
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is on his way to the airport, he said early on Saturday, before his flight from Riyadh to France.
UPDATE 3-Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France on Friday
BEIRUT, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is on his way to the airport, he said early on Saturday, before his flight from Riyadh to France.
Qatar foreign minister decries 'reckless leadership' in region
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister on Friday criticized "reckless leadership" in the Gulf for a number of crises including the Gulf rift and Lebanon, taking apparent aim at Saudi Arabia.
U.S. urges passage of Japan proposal to extend probe of chemical weapons attacks in Syria
WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Friday urged passage of a U.S.-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria for one month.
UPDATE 3-Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town
BAGHDAD, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-UN pleads for end of Yemen blockade or 'untold thousands' will die
GENEVA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The heads of three U.N. agencies urged the Saudi-led military coalition on Thursday to lift its blockade of Yemen, warning that "untold thousands" would die if it stayed in place.
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