World leaders opened an historic summit in the French capital on Monday aimed at ending decades of political gridlock and forging an elusive agreement to avert calamitous global warming. The leaders kicked off 12 days of negotiations in search of a pact that would radically restructure the global economy away from its dependancy on fossil fuels that are blamed for climate change. More than 150 leaders gathered at a sprawling conference centre on the northern outskirts of Paris under heavy security following this month's terror attacks in the city, which appeared to have galvanised commitment for climate action.
At least 30 people including a U.N. peacekeeper were killed in clashes pitting the army and U.N. troops against Ugandan rebels in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources said on Monday. Sunday's clashes broke out in the town of Eringeti, 55 km (35 miles) north of the regional hub of Beni, when ADF rebels attacked a military headquarters, said the Center of Study for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, a group that documents violence in North Kivu province. The army and U.N. forces have resumed cooperation against the ADF, a group led by Islamist radicals that has operated on the Congolese side of the border since the 1990s, where it is active in the illicit trade in timber and gold.