Major climate talks getting under way in Paris. 150 world leaders have gathered in the City of Light just a few weeks after ISIS terror attacks killed 130 people, and shattered Europe’s sense of security. President Obama meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. China and the U.S. agreed in principal to major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and are hoping to lead the meetings to a grand deal on reducing pollution worldwide. The climate conference goes on for two weeks, and comes amidst intense security.
President Obama arrived in Paris after midnight, and went immediately to the site of the most killings – the Bataclan concert hall where ISIS terrorists killed more than 80 people. The President observing a moment of silence and placing a flower at a makeshift memorial. The French President Francois Hollande and the Mayor of Paris joined the President.
The French have cracked down on protesters and put climate agitators under house arrest using the temporary powers granted in the wake of the terror attacks. 11,000 police, state police, and soldiers present. Sections of highways and roadways have been closed. Parisiens told not to use their cars or mass transit.
Despite a ban, protests in the Place de la Republique turned violent yesterday with more than 300 arrested for throwing stuff at police. That’s the location of a memorial square since the attacks on November 13th. Climate activists said the violent demonstrators are unaffiliated with the movement. Greg Palkot writes, “This as indignation grows at the "vandalism" by protestors of the memorial to the terror victims at Place de la Republique A few hundred anarchists fighting with police took lit candles, glass vases and pots with flowers and plants, and other items from the memorial and threw them at police. French President Hollande called it "scandalous." Others said it was a "desecration" of the memory of those killed.”
Greg Palkot also tells us the Interior Minister announced that 1000 people had been blocked from entering at the French borders in the two weeks since the attacks. Controls at the borders have been heightened with more manpower. Those who have been stopped were said to have been turned away for security reasons.
President Obama will have dinner with the French President at 1:30pm ET. There’s a briefing from Paris from Josh Earnest at 1pm.
There’s also reports one of the terrorists who participated in the attacks has escaped to Syria. Benjamin Hall reporting.
Police aren’t saying why suspect Robert Dear Junior allegedly attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday.. leaving a police officer and 2 others dead. He is described as a loner who is 57 years old. He’ll be court today for his first court appearance. Will Carr reporting.
There is also a court appearance today for Joseph Caputo a college student. The 22 year old allegedly jumped the White House fence while draped in an American flag on Thanksgiving. He was carrying a binder with a “rewritten constitution,” and has apparently suggested it was a protest. A judge ordered a psychological evaluation. He’s in a federal court today.
The first trial of six police officers in Baltimore for the death of Freddie Gray begins today. Leland Vittert reporting.
There’s also more protests planned for Chicago today. Black Lives Matters and others are vowing to shut down parts of the city over what they call police violence. University of Chicago campuses are closed after a gun violence threat. Matt Finn reporting.
A big storm system is making a mess of parts of the southern Plains, North Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. It’s moving East too.
It’s Cyber Monday.. but deals don’t appear to be getting people as excited as they normally are this time of year. Jo Ling Kent reporting.
There may be a big operation under way against ISIS in Iraq today.. with attempts to retake the city of Ramadi.
The U.S. embassy in Kabul apparently has evidence of an imminent attack. The threat is thought to be credible. We’re monitoring.
Big news from the world of archeology. Researchers now say there’s a 90% chance a tomb is hidden beneath the famous burial chamber of King Tut. They believe it could be the long-sought tomb of Queen Nefertitti.