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CLIMATE Brief-France seeks to type coalition of ambition, carbon value

PARIS France will revise its domestic targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2020 and will seek to develop a coalition of nations striving for a international carbon price tag to accelerate a shift toward greener power, French President Hollande said on Saturday.

He was speaking just soon after the sealing of a worldwide accord to limit international warming, which the French leaders of the deal stated sacrificed some ambition in order to get a universal deal.

Hollande, whose presidential term ends in 2017, stated he engaged on behalf of France to revise the nation’s greenhouse gas objectives by 2020 at the latest and to review the quantity of cash it is providing to support the poorest nations adapt to climate modify.

He said he would also seek to function with other nations seeking to lead the fight against international warming.

“I engage with other countries if they want to join us to establish a coalition for a carbon price tag so that investment can be redirected,” Hollande told delegates in Paris.

A binding text, agreed by practically 200 nations, contains loose language on “internationally transferred mitigation outcomes,” which could allow countries to offset their personal emissions by getting emissions credits from other nations.

A political, non-legal component of the Paris Agreement recognizes the importance of “carbon pricing”, but does not require nations to seek to develop it.

(Reporting by Barbara Lewis and Alister Doyle)

Thai police trafficking investigator seeks asylum in Australia: media

SYDNEY Thailand’s former chief police investigator into human trafficking stated on Thursday he is in search of political asylum in Australia, saying he fears for his life if he go property.

Former Significant Common Paween Pongsirin arrived in Melbourne a handful of days ago on a tourist visa and said he planned to seek political refuge, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“There should be some location, some secure spot for me,” he mentioned in an interview with the broadcaster. “I came right here simply because Australia is a protected spot.”

Paween quit the police in November saying an order to transfer him to Thailand’s south would expose him to revenge by members of trafficking syndicates still at huge.

National police chief Jakthip Chaijinda said at the time Paween could have asked for protection but chose to resign instead.[ID:L4N0XS2SP]

“We issued 153 warrants across all areas and that incorporated government officials … I had to do just my duty, not to consider of danger or trouble, but now I realize how hazardous it was,” Paween mentioned.

Thailand has indicted 88 men and women suspected of involvement in human trafficking because launching a nationwide investigation into gangs following the discovery in Might of 30 bodies in graves buried near the Thailand-Malaysian border, which prompted an international outcry.

“He was brought in as a hard-nosed knowledgeable investigator, an individual who has a reputation for being incorruptible,” Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch Asia told the ABC.

“He now feels it is no longer protected to stay in Thailand.”

Australian government officials were not quickly available to comment on no matter whether Paween had applied for asylum.

(Reporting by James Regan Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Syrian opposition seeks to close ranks as army gains on ground

RIYADH Syria’s fragmented opposition and rebel groups sought common ground on Wednesday ahead of planned negotiations to finish a conflict which has devastated the country and drawn forces from Cold War and Middle East rivals into ever deeper combat operations.

The talks in Saudi Arabia mark the most ambitious attempt but to unify President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies around a joint political platform – seen as a essential very first step to locating a peaceful finish to four years of war and battling Islamic State.

The powerful Kurdish YPG is among numerous groups excluded from the talks and those there are deeply divided more than central concerns like how to handle a transition from Assad and the function Islam must play in Syria.

But two delegates identified solace in what they described as a lack of any main rupture so far amongst those present.

“It went properly. Very good. We discussed many things. Tomorrow we will go over a document of basic principles,” said one particular opposition member. The groups hoped to total the talks on Thursday, but they may continue into Friday, he said.

A member of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition said there had been broad agreement: “We discussed the main problems relating to the dialogue, the transition and all modalities related to the political method. Most of them agreed.”

Much more than 100 delegates have been invited to the Riyadh meeting, such as from the Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham, founded by militants with al Qaeda hyperlinks, as well as opposition figures who have been primarily based in government-controlled Damascus.

Whilst most agree on a call for Assad to go, despite signs that some Western backers have softened their demands right after recognizing that military force has failed to topple the president, rifts in opposition ranks are still clear.

Prior to the talks opened on Wednesday, Ahrar al-Sham complained that some delegates have been “closer to … the regime” than the opposition. 1 activist in exile declined to attend alongside these who “assistance an Islamic emirate” in Syria.

International efforts to resolve the conflict which has killed 250,000 folks and displaced 12 million have been lent added urgency by a wave of deadly attacks across the planet claimed by the Iraq- and Syria-primarily based Islamic State and by an escalating refugee flow which has caused a crisis in Europe.

Main powers agreed in Vienna last month to revive diplomatic efforts to end the war, calling for peace talks to begin by January 1.

That prompted Saudi Arabia, which projects itself as a leader of the Middle East’s Sunni Muslims, to summon the mainly Sunni opposition and rebel groups. The move angered rival Shi’ite Iran which stated the initiative threatened to harm the Vienna process.

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, whose country is also a key supporter of the Syrian rebels, mentioned the Riyadh meeting represented a “golden opportunity (for the Syrian opposition) to unify their ranks and coordinate their steps beyond setting up a negotiating group”.

ARMY ADVANCES

Intensified diplomacy has been accompanied by higher military intervention by foreign powers.

Russia has carried out 10 weeks of air strikes, halting rebel gains, and Iran has also offered Assad military support and said ousting Assad would be a “red line” for Tehran.

Western powers have stepped up attacks on Islamic State although Saudi Arabia, which backs the rebels, says an expanded military selection remains open.

Last month NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian plane it said flew into its air space, highlighting the danger that Syria’s multi-faceted war could spark yet wider conflict.

Russia’s air campaign has helped the Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters and the Iranian military, to halt a rebel advance more than the summer which had threatened Assad’s manage more than the main population centers in western Syria.

Russian air strikes, even though containing rebel advances, have not decisively tipped the war in Assad’s favor.

On Wednesday, scores of people left the final region held by insurgents in the city of Homs, a center of the uprising against Assad which broke out in March 2011. About 750 men and women are anticipated to leave the Waer district below a regional truce among the government and rebels.

Further north, Syrian government troops backed by Iranian forces have edged closer to a significant rebel-controlled highway near Aleppo. They appeared to be attempting to cut the principal Aleppo-Damascus highway that fighters use to transport supplies from rebel-held Idlib province to the north.

For Saudi Arabia, which has been fighting considering that March in neighboring Yemen, Syria has been a secondary battlefield in its regional struggle for influence with Iran. But the kingdom nonetheless views the Syrian civil war as central to that rivalry.

Ahrar al-Sham mentioned the Riyadh meeting, which opened at a luxury hotel amid high safety, must stand by demands like “the complete cleansing of the Russian-Iranian occupation of Syrian land, and the sectarian militias which support it”.

“OVERTHROW OF ASSAD”

It known as for the “overthrow of the Assad regime with all its pillars and symbols” and placing its members on trial.

Syrian security and military institutions should also be dissolved it stated, putting it at odds with globe powers which agreed in Vienna final month that state institutions be kept intact in any transition of power.

Other rebel factions at the Saudi talks contain the strong Islamist force Islam Army, and a dozen groups which describe themselves as elements of the Cost-free Syrian Army (FSA).

The head of one particular FSA armed group mentioned the 1st day of talks was focused on discussing opposition demands and drafting a concluding statement. 

“The principles are the unity of Syrian land, the civilian nature of the state, and the unity of the Syrian people,” he said. Ahrar al-Sham stated Syria’s “Islamic identity” must be maintained.

Hadi al-Bahra, a senior member of the opposition National Coalition, mentioned there was a optimistic atmosphere and “no differences amongst the delegates” so far. “Everyone senses the value and sensitivity of this stage”, he tweeted.

Despite the fact that scores of men and women have been asked to attend, the Kurdish administration that runs swathes of north Syria was not invited.

Rebels in western Syria do not trust the principal Kurdish militia, the YPG, due to the fact they say it cooperates with Damascus rather than fighting it.

Delegates stated there was some Kurdish representation, but a Western diplomat who follows Syria stated this week the meeting had not brought together as several Syrian factions as hoped.

“It is not all-encompassing. It is not the consolidated, general opposition platform,” the diplomat stated.

(Further reporting by Tom Perry and Sylvia Westall in Beirut Writing by Dominic Evans, editing by Sami Aboudi, Peter Millership and Philippa Fletcher)

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China seeks South Korean security guarantees after warning shots fired at ship

BEIJING China mentioned on Wednesday it had asked South Korea to make certain the safety of Chinese ships soon after South Korea’s navy fired warning shots at a Chinese vessel which crossed into waters disputed by North and South Korea.

The South Korean navy told Yonhap news agency it had fired 10 warning shots at a Chinese boat which it stated crossed the Northern Limit Line – a disputed inter-Korean maritime border on the west coast.

The ship was initially believed to be North Korean, but was later identified as Chinese, according to Yonhap.

“We are concerned about the relevant situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

The Chinese embassy in South Korea has asked for a clarification of what happened, she mentioned, adding that it had not heard of any harm or injuries.

“We will continue to pay close interest to how the scenario develops and preserve in communication with South Korea, asking they make certain the safety of Chinese personnel and ships,” Hua stated, without giving other specifics.

The Northern Limit Ling is a disputed border exactly where a number of artillery and naval clashes have occurred in recent years.

Final year, a Chinese fisherman was killed in a South Korean coastguard operation to apprehend his vessel which was operating illegally off South Korea’s west coast.

South Korea’s coastguard regularly chases Chinese fishing boats out of its western seas and violence does occasionally take place.

A South Korean coastguard officer was stabbed to death by a Chinese fisherman in 2011 and the following year a Chinese fisherman died from injuries in a confrontation with the coastguard. That led to a Chinese government complaint.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Syria’s fractured opposition seeks elusive unity against Assad

RIYADH Syria’s divided rebel and opposition groups are trying to forge a common stance to oust President Bashar al-Assad but the absence of prominent activists and a principal Kurdish force from their talks in Riyadh shows that unity remains elusive.

Saudi Arabia, a robust supporter of rebels fighting for 4 years to topple Assad, is hosting the opposition this week in the most ambitious try but to find an agreed platform ahead of talks with the government to finish Syria’s conflict.

Bringing the fragmented opposition together is observed by its backers as a critical step to end a civil war which started with protests against Assad in 2011 and rapidly drew in rival Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim powers across the Middle East.

Shi’ite Iran, Assad’s primary regional supporter, has criticized the meeting in the Sunni Muslim kingdom, saying it is designed to harm efforts to attain a peaceful resolution to a war which has killed 250,000 men and women and displaced 12 million.

At a Riyadh hotel exactly where the talks will start on Wednesday, security was stepped up and journalists were ejected as fighters and opposition leaders gathered. Particular forces soldiers with physique armor and assault rifles manned checkpoints.

An initial list of 65 invitees to the Riyadh talks has grown substantially, but critics say it nonetheless falls short of a completely inclusive meeting.

The Kurdish administration that runs swathes of north Syria was not invited. Rebels in western Syria do not trust the primary Kurdish militia, the YPG, due to the fact they say it cooperates with Damascus rather than fighting it.

“SAUDI-TURKISH Want-LIST”

“It is not all-encompassing. It is not the consolidated, general opposition platform,” a Western diplomat following Syria said of the Saudi meeting. “I do not count on Riyadh to be a constructive step … The complete point has been extremely acrimonious, and it appears like a Saudi-Turkish want-list.”

Alongside Saudi Arabia, Turkey is one of the major foreign backers of the rebellion against Assad.

Syrian Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen groups held their own opposition conference in the Kurdish-controlled town of al-Malikiya at the Syrian-Iraqi border on Tuesday.

Haytham Manna, an activist in exile, stated he would not attend the Riyadh meeting because it integrated “individuals who help an Islamic emirate”.

With Iran decrying the meeting as damaging to peace prospects and Western countries concerned by the function that Islamists will play, Saudi Arabia might struggle to unite the enemies of Assad.

For Saudi Arabia, Syria has been secondary to Yemen this year as the primary cockpit in an overarching struggle for regional influence with Iran, but the ruling Al Saud continue to regard the Syrian civil war as a pivotal battlefield in the rivalry.

Fighting has escalated in Syria in current weeks and Russian warplanes have intervened to help Damascus even though a U.S.-led coalition has stepped up strikes against Islamic State targets from the crowded skies over the nation.

BLOODSHED, REFUGEES AND ATTACKS

Enhanced bloodshed, an influx of Syrian refugees into Europe, and a wave of international attacks claimed by Islamic State revived international efforts to include the violence.

“This is the initial meeting exactly where we have all the opposition, the politicians and the armed groups,” stated Hadi al-Bahra, a member of the Turkey-based SNC opposition coalition.

These talks ought to begin by Jan. 1, under the terms of an agreement reached by globe powers and regional states at a meeting in Vienna a month ago.

Participants invited to the Riyadh meeting contain Islamist factions Islam Army and Ahrar al-Sham, a group whose founders had links to al Qaeda. Ahrar al-Sham fights alongside the Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, whilst espousing a nationalist agenda.

A dozen rebel groups who fight beneath the banner of the Free Syrian Army are also due to attend, which includes groups vetted by the United States that have received foreign military help.

Of the two most powerful armed groups in Syria, Islamic State has not been invited and the al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front is also not anticipated.

National Coalition member Nagham al-Ghadri said the two-day meeting aimed to agree on a document to take to any talks with the Damascus government, as properly as an agreed negotiating group.

She said the opposition would not back down from its demand that Assad step down as quickly as a transitional ruling physique – which an international meeting on Syria named for 3 years ago – is established.

“The minute the transitional period must commence, he ought to leave. We do not agree that he could stay in the course of the transitional period,” Ghadri stated.

The Syrian government has dismissed any talk of a transitional physique getting imposed in Syria, saying any adjust in energy in Damascus must be decided by the Syrian individuals.

Some Western nations which known as for Assad to step aside in 2011 have softened their demands, suggesting he could at least remain for an interim period.

Ghadri said the outside globe was sending mixed messages over Syria, showing that international divisions ran even deeper than any splits in the Syrian opposition.

“It is not just us. We know what we want,” she stated. “Some countries never know what they want from Syria.”

(Further reporting by Tom Perry and Sylvia Westall in Beirut, and Suleiman al-Khalid in Amman Writing by Dominic Evans, editing by Sami Aboudi and Peter Millership)

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Turkey seeks to diversify gas supplies amid dispute with Russia

BAKU/ANKARA Turkey’s leaders have mounted a charm offensive among regional energy producers in an effort to diversify supplies as relations with key all-natural gas provider Russia crumble following the downing of a Russian warplane by the Turkish airforce.

President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have traveled to important power partners Qatar and Azerbaijan respectively this week in an work to avert any economically damaging disruption in energy supplies as winter sets in.

Moscow and Ankara have noticed relations hit a new low considering that a Turkish air force jet shot down a Russian warplane close to the Syrian-Turkish border last week, the most significant incident between Russia and a NATO member state in half a century.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the move as a war crime on Thursday and mentioned the Kremlin would punish Ankara with added sanctions. Russia has currently banned some Turkish meals imports and left trucks carrying Turkish exports stranded at its borders.

But Russia could deal a real blow by lowering gas supplies, a move broadly observed by analysts and Turkish officials as unlikely for now but which could seriously hurt the Turkish economy and for which Ankara is drawing up contingency plans.

“There is certainly a crisis proper now … We are exploring how we can offset this,” a Turkish power official stated.

“Davutoglu and Erdogan have personally taken the initiative to make confident Turkey doesn’t experience a problem in terms of power supplies.”

Ankara buys almost 60 % of its total gas requirements — around 27 billion cubic meters (bcm) — from Russia via two major pipelines, which enter Turkey through the Marmara area, the country’s industrial hub which involves Istanbul, its most significant city, and the most sensitive location to any disruption in provide.

“The Marmara region buys virtually all of its gas from Russia and this area tends to make up 40 % of Turkey’s GDP (gross domestic item) as nicely as its power consumption,” said Details International Power consultant Cuneyt Kazokoglu.

“If Russia cuts gas, it would properly be shutting down the Marmara region and that would seriously hurt Turkey,” he mentioned, adding he did not anticipate Moscow to take such a step as it would break a “contractual obligation”.

NOT Adequate LNG CAPACITY

Buying gas from Turkmenistan and boosting supplies from Iran, already Turkey’s second biggest supplier, are among the choices becoming considered, power officials stated. Bringing supplies from northern Iraq is an additional possibility.

Davutoglu visited Azerbaijan on Thursday with the aim of rising gas imports by means of the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), a essential project due to bring 16 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe. Around 6 bcm of that is destined for Turkey.

Speaking in Baku, Davutoglu mentioned Turkey and Azerbaijan had agreed to full the project ahead of the original target date of mid-2018.

Earlier this week Erdogan visited Qatar to discover the possibility of acquiring a lot more liquefied all-natural gas (LNG) cargoes from its Gulf Arab ally.

But Turkey’s insufficient storage capacity and the heavy dependence of its organization on typical organic gas mean any boost in LNG imports would only partially make up for lost Russian gas, according to Turkish think-tank TEPAV.

“The most important element of establishing supply safety in nations which have a high dependence on all-natural gas imports is to have a storage capacity equivalent to 20 to 30 % of consumption. In Turkey, that is 6 percent,” TEPAV researcher Aysegul Aytac wrote in a recent note.

Almost half of Turkey’s power generation is sourced from organic gas, leaving households and industry vulnerable to any disruption, she mentioned.

“The insufficiency of making use of alternative merchandise in each sector and power generation as well as the inflexibility of households to use anything other than gas imply difficulties could be inevitable in the medium term.”

(Editing by Nick Tattersall and Gareth Jones)

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Television anchor seeks to be Cambodia’s political peacemaker to avoid conflict

PHNOM PENH Cambodian Tv news anchor Soy Sopheap has again stepped into the function of political peacemaker in an work to end the feud amongst Prime Minister Hun Sen and exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy which threatens to ignite political conflict.

 

Hun Sen has warned Cambodia could descend into civil war if Sam Rainsy’s celebration wins an election in 2018, whilst Rainsy has named for vigilance to stop self-styled sturdy man Hun Sen using the deteriorating political climate to postpone elections.

Soy Sopheap entered Cambodia’s turbulent political arena in 2013 to act as peacemaker amongst the two rivals which allowed Sam Rainsy to return from four years in exile in France. The deal included a royal pardon for a prison sentence Rainsy received in absentia.

“In politics, there need to be talks for resolution so that no one particular will drop face,” Sopheap told Reuters in an interview announcing he would again seek to be Cambodia’s political peacemaker.

The wealthy 44-year Soy Sopheap is an anchor at Boyon Tv, which is run by Hun Sen’s daughter Hun Mana. He publishes the newspaper Deum Ampil, and is viewed as a messenger for Hun Sen.

He also has the ear of the exiled Sam Rainsy.

The U.N. Unique Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, is concerned about the breakdown in political dialogue and incidents of violence and intimidation.

Two members of Sam Rainsy’s Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) were badly beaten outside parliament in October. A couple of days later, CNRP vice president Kem Sokha was removed from his post as deputy president of parliament in a vote that the CNRP boycotted.

“Any intensification of current events could bring Cambodia to a unsafe tipping point,” Smith said in a statement.

Robust economic growth and peace soon after decades of civil war, such as under Pol Pot’s 1975-79 “killing fields” regime, have ensured Hun Sen’s continued re-election. But Hun Sen has been on the defensive considering that a disputed 2013 election when he was stunned by the CNRP’s success and growing assistance amongst urban youth.

Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won in 2013, but the CNRP accused his celebration of vote rigging and boycotted parliament for a year. A political truce in 2014 ended the boycott, but that deal collapsed in July and relations among Hun Sen and Rainsy have deteriorated.

Sam Rainsy is once more in self-imposed exile right after an arrest warrant was issued for him on Nov. 12 more than an old defamation case for which he had currently received a royal pardon.

Cambodian authorities have because charged him with forgery and incitement over a Facebook posting about a border treaty with Vietnam. The charges carry a 12-year prison sentence.

The Facebook posting was observed as criticizing Hun Sen, who the CNRP often portrays as Hanoi’s stooge.

Sopheap gave handful of information of how he would convince Cambodia’s two principal political rivals to bury their differences, but mentioned he had contacted Sam Rainsy, advising him not to return yet.

“Sam Rainsy might have to apologize for the sake of the party and the country, there is nothing at all incorrect with that. What is to drop and win in saying sorry?” Sopheap said.

But Hun Sen’s party shows small appetite for a deal, demanding Sam Rainsy serve his jail sentence.

“It is also late for an apology,” said CPP spokesman Sok Eysan. “Sam Rainsy has started the fire so he’s now taking the smoke.”

(Editing by Simon Webb and Michael Perry)

 

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SEOUL, South Korea â?? North Korea on Friday proposed border talks with South Korea next week, following up on an earlier agreement for such dialogue to go over easing tensions and enhancing ties on the divided Korean Peninsula.

The two Koreas had agreed to resume senior-level government dialogue as part of a deal in August to end an armed standoff.

As component of that agreement, they also held reunions final month allowing hundreds of aging Koreans separated throughout the 1950-53 Korean War to meet relatives for the initial time in a lot more than six decades.

South Korea in current weeks has repeatedly proposed to start off the agreed-upon government talks, but the North had not responded till Friday, when it stated it wanted the talks to be held next Thursday.

In a message to the South on Friday, North Korea supplied to hold the talks on the northern side of Panmunjom, a village straddling the Koreasâ?? border, the Northâ??s official Korean Central News Agency reported.

A reaction from South Korea was not immediately offered.

The August deal followed weeks of high tensions on the peninsula after land mines wounded two South Korean border guards. The South blamed the North for planting the bombs and, in retaliation, turned on propaganda loudspeakers that had been dormant for years.

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