Xi rebuffs U.S. climate efforts
John Kerry, the U.S. climate envoy, had traveled to Beijing in hopes of persuading officials there to start reducing China’s carbon emissions on a faster timeline. But after three days of talks, Kerry emerged without any new agreements.
In fact, Xi Jinping, China’s president, insisted in a speech that his country would pursue its goals to phase out carbon dioxide pollution at its own pace — and in its own way. China would not act “under the sway of others,” he said.
Still, Kerry insisted he was not disappointed. He said that just talking showed progress. “We had very frank conversations, but we came here to break new ground,” he said, adding, “It is clear that we are going to need a little more work.”
Analysis: Xi’s comments suggested that tensions between the U.S. and China were making it difficult to work together on the climate crisis.
Sweden’s embassy in Iraq is set afire
Hundreds of protesters stormed the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad early today and set fire to it, Reuters reported. Recent Quran burnings in Sweden have angered many Muslims and also drawn condemnation from Swedish authorities.
Footage shared on social media showed a building identified as the embassy in flames and people holding pieces of the building. The images could not be immediately verified. All embassy staff members were safe, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said, according to Reuters.
The protest was called by supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, a populist cleric. He had urged hundreds of people in Iraq to protest outside the Baghdad embassy in June, after a man tore up and burned the Quran outside the central mosque in Stockholm on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Tragedy before the World Cup
Hours before the Women’s World Cup was set to begin, a gunman killed at least two people in Auckland, New Zealand, and injured five others. The shooting happened just three miles from the stadium where New Zealand is set to open the competition by facing off against Norway.
The shooting occurred very close to Team Norway’s hotel, where many players were sleeping. A spokesman for the team said that “everything is calm” and that “preparations are going as normal.” The team’s captain, Maren Mjelde, said the team had “felt safe the whole time.”
Details: The police said the gunman had been killed, and the commissioner said his motive was believed to have been “connected to his work at the site.” Armed with a shotgun, he had stormed a building under construction.
Other upcoming matches: Australia, the other host country, will face Ireland. Then, Nigeria plays Canada. Here’s a schedule of the matches.
An injury epidemic: Knee problems are sidelining top players. Experts can’t figure out why, or how to fix it.
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