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The Latest: German Chancellor Angela Merkel applauds Paris climate agreement

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the new high-speed rail line between Erfurt and Halle/Leipzig at the central station in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Letters in the background read: "Germany's short ways". (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the new high-speed rail line between Erfurt and Halle/Leipzig at the central station in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Letters in the background read: "Germany's short ways". (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah arrive for the Likud party primary elections in Jerusalem Israel’s first canine is in the dog house after biting two guests at the Prime Minister’s Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah arrive for the Likud party primary elections in Jerusalem Israel’s first canine is in the dog house after biting two guests at the Prime Minister’s Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Filipino boy passes by a slogan during a rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 to criticize the agreement reached during the United Nations conference on climate change, Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) in Paris. Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don’t. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    A Filipino boy passes by a slogan during a rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 to criticize the agreement reached during the United Nations conference on climate change, Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) in Paris. Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don’t. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

The latest related to the U.N. climate conference that took place outside Paris (all times local):

11:00 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is applauding the global pact to fight climate change that was adopted by nearly 200 nations in Paris.

Merkel said in a statement released late Saturday that the climate agreement marks "the first time that the entire world community has obligated itself to act — to act in the battle against global climate change."

The German chancellor said while there was still a lot of work ahead, the deal is a "sign of hope that we will manage to secure the life conditions of billions of people for the future."

The Paris agreement adopted Saturday aims to keep global warming from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100, a key demand of poor countries ravaged by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change.