The UN climate change summit begins on Monday amid warnings that the current generation is the last with the chance to prevent devastating global warming as well as the first that will experience its effects firsthand. The two-week summit includes nearly 200 nations. Senior figures opened the summit saying the planet ‘is at a crossroads.’
Former President George H.W. Bush who died on Friday at the age of 94 will be laid to rest on Thursday in his presidential library in College Station, Texas in a military service. The 41st president of the US began serving his term in office in 1989 after serving as Ronald Reagan’s vice president.
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that China agreed to ‘reduce and remove’ the 40% tariffs it put on US car imports into China. Stocks increased after the US and China agreed to a temporary trade truce on Saturday. The G20 summit agreement halts the increase in tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks.
A senior Taliban commander was killed in a US airstrike on Saturday in Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund was a key Taliban figure and the ‘governor’ and military chief for the southern Helmand province. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed the death of Akhund along with 32 others calling it a ‘big loss’ for the group.
Paris demonstrations against increased taxes and living costs became France’s worst urban riot in a decade prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to call an emergency security meeting on Sunday. Three people have been killed since the start of the riots over two weeks ago. French Ministers say no security options have been ruled out.
As planned peace talks in Sweden approach, a UN plane will evacuate 50 Houthi militants from the rebel-controlled capital of Yemen, Sana’a, on Monday. The move is a ‘confidence-building measure’ according to a Saudi-led military coalition. The wounded Houthis will be taken to Muscat for treatment. The evacuation is a step forward in negotiation efforts.