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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


100 arrested after Paris climate protest turns violent

Police clash with protesters in Paris. Credit: Reuters

About 100 people have been arrested after a climate change protest in Paris turned violent.

Paris police chief Michel Cadot said officers identified around 200 or 300 who had violated a ban on all protests.

It comes after a state of emergency in France was declared following the Paris terror attacks which killed 130 people.

Police fire tear gas at a protester. Credit: Reuters
One protester is apprehended by officers. Credit: Reuters

Mr Cadot many of those detained were found to have projectiles or other suspicious objects on them.

Police fired numerous rounds of tear gas on protesters to disperse them.

The protesters were gathering ahead of critical global warming talks outside Paris.

A protester throws a projectile at police. Credit: Reuters

Paris climate summit: Police fire tear gas at protesters

Tear gas is fired at masked demonstrators. Credit: RTV

Police have fired tear gas at masked demonstrators in central Paris ahead of a major climate change conference taking place in the city.

Protests were banned in the French capital in the wake of the recent terror attacks, and a heavy police presence could be seen as security remained high.

At one stage, officers armed with riot shields could be seen dragging a man along the road by his legs away from the scene of a disturbance.

Around 2,500 demonstrations are being held across the world ahead of the COP21 summit, which opens on Monday. David Cameron will be among a host of world leaders to attend the conference, at which 195 countries will be represented.


'Hostages safe' after incident in French town of Roubaix

The incident is taking place in the northern French town of Roubaix. Credit: ITV News

All hostages are now reportedly safe following an incident in the northern French town of Roubaix near the Belgian border.

Police sources said that the incident appeared to be robbery-related and was not thought to be linked to the Paris terror attacks on 13 November.

"This is apparently not a terrorist attack, it's apparently a robbery," one police source said.

Reuters initially reported several people suffered gunshot wounds during the incident.

A source said:

An operation is underway after hostages were taken.

Gunshots were fired and the neighbourhood has been cordoned off.

A bank director and his family may have been taken as hostages.

– Reuters source

Medical and fire services confirmed that an operation was underway in the town, but haven't given further details.

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