'COME, SPEND IN PARIS', FRENCH PM URGES TOURISTS
France's premier urged tourists to come to Paris, spend money and enjoy the capital's cultural attractions to help boost the city in the wake of deadly jihadist attacks. "Come to Paris, security conditions are assured," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said today (01.12) on French radio, in what he described as a "message to all those tourists who cancelled their trip to Paris in recent days”. An estimate for the economic impact of the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris nightspots, including the Bataclan concert hall, restaurants and cafes, has yet to be made.
BEIJING FACTORIES SHUT AMID SMOG NIGHTMARE
Beijing ordered hundreds of factories to shut and allowed children to skip school as choking smog reached over 25 times safe levels on Tuesday, casting a cloud over China's participation in Paris climate talks. A thick grey haze shrouded the capital with concentrations of PM 2.5, harmful microscopic particles that penetrate deep into the lungs, as high as 634 micrograms per cubic metre. The reading given by the US embassy dwarfs the maximum recommended by the World Health Organisation, which is just 25 micrograms per cubic metre.
SENEGALESE VILLAGES SWALLOWED BY THE SEA
Behind the remains of washed-away fences, crumbling houses dot an expanse of the northern Senegalese coastline where a swollen river and an advancing sea are swallowing villages whole. The fishing community of Goxu Mbath is one of many districts in the city of Saint Louis, the former colonial capital of French west Africa that, little by little, is disappearing under water. "The waves surprised us at night. It was October 20. The water hit hard and knocked down walls," says Awa Sarr Fall, 68, outside her badly damaged oceanfront house.
UK PARLIAMENT TO VOTE ON SYRIA AIR STRIKES
Britain’s parliament will vote on bombing Syria on Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced, confident he can secure its approval after the opposition Labour Party allowed its members to vote freely on the issue. Cameron believes it is time to join other Western powers in bombing Islamic State militants in Syria, saying Britain could not “subcontract” its security to others after the group claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in Paris this month.
OBAMA PAYS HOMAGE TO PARIS VICTIMS AT BATACLAN
Standing completely still, his eyes fixed on the flowers, flags and flickering candles at his feet, Barack Obama paid his own silent tribute to those who died in Paris’s Bataclan concert hall. Obama’s brief visit to the concert hall in the east of the city was not announced in advance due to security concerns, which have been at fever pitch since the Paris attacks.