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LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the climate talks in France says the United States will agree to the draft climate change accord announced today. Todd Stern spoke to reporters shortly before negotiators from nearly 200 countries were to begin their final meeting at the conference site outside Paris. The unprecedented deal to slow global warming begins by cutting and then eliminating greenhouse gas pollution.

PARIS (AP) — Riot police in Paris are watching thousands of protesters hold hands beneath the Eiffel Tower. The demonstrators are denouncing a draft accord announced today at the climate talks as too weak to save the planet. Paris police authorized the protest despite continued security fears and a state of emergency declared after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks.

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds have turned out in central London to protest Britain's decision to launch airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria. Demonstrators marched from the BBC Broadcasting House to Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office. Britain's Parliament voted earlier this month to sanction the airstrikes as part of a U.S.-led coalition.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Spanish government says an hour-long gun battle inside the Spanish Embassy in Kabul followed a deadly car bombing nearby. Spain's prime minister had initially said the embassy did not come under attack. Spain says two Spanish police officers guarding the embassy were among those killed by the car bomb yesterday.

JESUP, Georgia (AP) — Family and friends of Shannon Johnson have gathered at a church in rural Georgia to remember the 45-year-old man credited with saving the life of a co-worker during the shooting attack in San Bernardino, California. Johnson was sitting next to co-worker Denise Peraza at a holiday luncheon for county environmental health employees on Dec. 2 when a pair of attackers with assault rifles began spraying bullets. Peraza says Johnson died shielding her from the hail of bullets.

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