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China ratifies Paris climate change agreement ahead of G20 summit

Updated: Sep 03, 2016 08:51 IST

London [UK], Sept. 3 (ANI): China's Parliament has ratified the Paris climate change agreement, thus paving way for joint US-China statement on the fight against global warming which will take place later in the day.

The Guardian quoted China's official news agency, Xinhua, saying the members of the country's rubber-stamp parliament had voted "to review and ratify" the historic deal.

The announcement came as leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies, the Group of 20 (G20), began to arrive in the Chinese city of Hangzhou for a summit on Sunday and Monday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama are expected to meet in China ahead of the start of the G20 Summit.

In a landmark deal struck in December, various countries agreed to cut emissions enough to keep the global average rise in temperatures below two centigrade.

The Paris agreement needs to be ratified by 55 countries, representing 55 percent of global emissions, in order to come into effect.

" China and the US together account for about 38 percent of global emissions. So if they ratify the agreement it will bring the Paris agreement entering into force much closer to reality," said Li Shuo, the Beijing-based senior climate policy adviser for Greenpeace East Asia. (ANI)

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday called for joint efforts to transform ECO into a formidable economic block through full exploitation of its human and material resources.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 28(ANI): Afghanistan has refused to send high-level representatives to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit being hosted by Pakistan.

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Indian envoy to US Sarna meets Tom Shannon

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 14:08 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 28(ANI): Ahead of the four-day visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon met Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Navtej Sarna at the Department of State.

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Irving [USA] ,Feb. 28(ANI): In a shocking incident of xenophobia, a customer at Irving Wal-Mart asked an employee to 'go to their own countries'.

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Plano (Texas) [USA], Feb. 28 (ANI): This week, for the students at Plano West Senior School, started with hateful and racist graffiti, scribbled on several windows and doors of the school.

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Peyton [USA], Feb. 28(ANI): An incident of possible hate crime has come to light in a US town where a house of an Indian man was trashed with eggs, dog poop and hate messages.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): Wilbur Ross's name has been approved by the Senate, as President Donald Trump's Secretary of Commerce.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): The White House has termed the early reports of Kansas shooting, where an Indian engineer was shot to death in an alleged racial attack by a gunman as "disturbing".

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Hong Kong [China], Feb.28 (ANI): China has confirmed that it is helping Afghanistan conduct joint law enforcement operations in the border areas of that country to counter terrorism, after initially being in a state of denial about the sightings of Chinese military vehicles moving around inside Afghanistan.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): Senior Chinese official met U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to enhance bilateral high-level exchanges and cooperation in all fields.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that more American adults support Republicans in Congress than Democrats since he became the President of the country.

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Astana [Kazakhstan], Feb. 28 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin has affirmed his willingness to cooperate with Tajikistan in strengthening security and stability.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged President Donald Trump to speak out against hate crimes following a rise of the same across the country.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has said that nobody knew health care could be so complicated, adding that his administration has come up with a solution which is very good.

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New York [U.S.], Feb. 27 (ANI): The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump's first budget proposal will look to increase defence and security spending by $54 billion and cut roughly the same amount from non-defence programs.

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Militants behead German hostage in Philippines

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:01 IST

New York [U.S.], Feb. 27 (ANI): Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines beheaded a German hostage after the deadline passed to pay his ransom passed.

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London [UK], Feb. 27 (ANI): The indigenous communities in Pakistan's Sindh province have come down on the government over the massive coal mining in the region which has severely affected their daily lives.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The killing of five UAE diplomats in a terror attack in Kandahar was planned in Pakistan, a spokesman of Afghanistan's interior ministry has said.

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Senior Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:11 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The Taliban confirmed on Monday through a statement that one of its senior commanders had been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province.

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Karachi (Sindh) [Pakistan): Sufism is the country's first line of defence against terrorism, said PPP Chairmain Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday.

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