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Hollande 'can't separate' terror and global warming fights

French President Francois Hollande has said the battle against global warming is of equal importance to the world as the ongoing fight against Islamic State and other terror groups.

"I can't separate the fight with terrorism from the fight against global warming," Mr Hollande said in his address at the opening of the UN conference talks in Paris.

Francois Hollande and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius were joined in the minute's silence on the stage by UN secretary general Ban ki-moon.

"These are two big global challenges we have to face up to," he said. "Because we have to leave our children more than a world freed of terror, we also owe them a planet protected from catastrophes."

Prior to his address Mr Hollande led world leaders in a minute's silence in honour of the victims of the recent jihadist attacks in the city, which claimed the lives of 130 people.


Charles: Think of your grandchildren as I think of mine

Prince Charles has urged world leaders to "think of your grandchildren, as I think of mine" as he demanded greater action to tackle climate change.

"On an increasingly crowded planet humanity faces many threats but none is greater than climate change," the royal told the UN conference in Paris.

Charles called on leaders gathered to take immediate action to tackle rising temperatures, which he said magnify "every hazard and tension of our existence".

"It threatens our ability to feed ourselves, to remain healthy and safe from extreme weather, to manage the natural resources that support our economies, and (impacts the) humanitarian disaster of mass migration and increasing conflict," he said.

Charles, who began his keynote speech with a tribute in French to the victims of the Paris attacks, added: "I can only urge you to think of your grandchildren, as I think of mine, and of those billions of people without a voice."

Shadow cabinet members split over Syria free vote

Diane Abbott and Ian Murray have made their views on a free vote clear Credit: PA

Shadow cabinet ministers appear split over whether Labour MPs should be given a free vote on Syria ahead of a meeting which is expected to see leader Jeremy Corbyn make a decision over whether or not to force MPs to oppose proposed airstrikes.

Diane Abbott, shadow international development secretary, told Radio 4's Today programme Corbyn should order MPs to vote against airstrikes as the "problem about a free vote is it hands victory to Cameron".

She said: "Jeremy does not want to have either sackings or resignations, none of us want to lose valued colleagues. However, I think the party and increasingly the public would be disappointed if we didn't oppose these airstrikes to the limits of our ability."

But shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray said he felt members should be given a free vote as everyone had their own "strong views" on the matter.

He said: "The problem that I think Jeremy has got, the problem that the leader of the opposition has, is that he has never abided by the discipline of the leader or of the shadow cabinet.

"He may try and impose this on the shadow cabinet. I think that would be wrong in this particular instance because I think people have very strong views one way or another."


Charles and PM arrive amid Attenborough scepticism

Prince Charles and David Cameron have both arrived at the climate change talks in Paris as world leaders and dignitaries descend on the French capital.

The Prime Minister will call for a robust deal that shows governments around the globe are serious about cutting carbon, though environmental commentators remain sceptical of agreements being forged.

Prince Charles is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech to delegates at COP21.
David Cameron has received criticism for curbing support for renewables and energy efficiency measures.

The prospects of genuine progress being made in Paris have been played down by veteran naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

Of course I'm not confident. This is a hideous problem. Never in the history of humanity have all the people of the world got together to deal with one particular problem and agree on what the solution should be.

– Sir David Attenborough, speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme

Pressure on Xi in Paris as China's pollution levels soar

As Chinese President Xi Jinping joins other world leaders in Paris to tackle climate change, Beijing has been placed on special alert after dangerous smog reached its highest level for more than a year.

Pollution levels in the Chinese capital have soared to 17 times higher than levels deemed safe by the World Health Organisation.

One family in Beijing is among the millions wearing masks to shield themselves from the unsafe pollution. Credit: Reuters
Xi Jinping's place at the UN Conference of Parties (COP21) summit in Paris came as Beijing upgraded its pollution alert level to the second-highest 'orange'. Credit: Reuters
China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has claimed it is ahead of schedule in reaching pollution reduction targets. Credit: Reuters
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