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Secret Trade Talks Could Weaken Climate Targets Set in Paris

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Secret trade negotiations in Geneva could outlaw public subsidies for renewable energy across the world, undermining climate talks in Paris that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to unions and anti-poverty campaigners.

Swiss Turn Down World's Highest Minimum Wage

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Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world's highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.

Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

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Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences."

Syrian Peace Talks Get Tense in Opening Session

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Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it's not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.

Obama Catches a Break From Nuclear Deal With Iran

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Since things on the domestic front aren't exactly rosy for President Obama, the weekend's breakthrough in international diplomacy, in the form of the early-morning deal struck by the U.S., Iran and five other key nations to reconfigure Iran's nuclear program comes as a much-needed boost.

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