1. EU LEADERS TO PUSH FOR CLIMATE NEUTRALITY BY 2050
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels next week will push to agree to put the bloc on net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
According to the document seen by Reuters, the Dec. 12-13 summit of the bloc’s national leaders will aim to endorse “the objective of achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050”.
Previous attempts, however, were blocked by Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, who rely on highly polluting coal. They have previously said they oppose climate neutrality by 2050 for fear cutting greenhouse emissions will stifle their economies.
2. 21 DIE IN SYRIA AS AIRSTRIKE TARGETS MARKET, SCHOOL SHELLED
A suspected Syrian government airstrike on a market in a northwestern rebel-held town killed 13 civilians on Monday.
According to activists, Turkish artillery shells landed near a school in a Kurdish-held town, killing at least nine, including eight children.
The violence is part of rising tension in Syria’s north, along the border with Turkey as Syrian government troops have renewed their push to reclaim the last opposition stronghold in Idlib province. While Turkey, which sees Syrian Kurdish fighters as an existential threat, has been widening its military operations there to push them away from its borders.
3. SHOOTINGS IN NORTHERN MEXICO, PILE PRESSURE ON PRESIDENT
Clashes sparked by suspected cartel gunmen in a northern Mexican town killed 20 people this weekend, putting more pressure on Mexico’s president to curb gang violence after the United States vowed to label the gangs terrorists.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, mindful of efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump to designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist groups, said that he would not accept any intervention from abroad.
But the killings clouded celebrations marking Lopez Obrador’s first year in office, which were buffeted by a march in Mexico City by thousands of people protesting the violence.