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La Croix, Nov. 30, 2015

"Climate, hope of a deal," writes French daily La Croix on the front page on its Monday edition, with a picture of the top of the Eiffel Tower piercing a ceiling of clouds and pollution, as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) kicks off in Paris.

French President François Hollande arrived Monday morning at Le Bourget airport to welcome nearly 150 world leaders. No summit in history has brought together that many heads of state to try and reach a meaningful climate change agreement. The two-week long Conference will be held under very high security, just over two weeks after the Nov. 13 terrorists attacks that killed 130 in Paris.

After landing in the French capital late Sunday night, U.S. President Barack Obama joined Hollande in front of the Bataclan concert hall to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.

On Sunday, more than 300 were arrested in Paris, after protests on the sidelines of the COP21 turned violent. Far-left and pro-environment activists clashed with the police during a protest opposing the state of emergency (under which demonstrations are banned) imposed after the November 13 terror attacks. According to French daily Le Figaro, the protesters vandalized the memorial site on Place de la République, and reportedly used children's drawing to try and torch French flags. President Hollande described the violence as "scandalous."

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How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

American and Southwest Airlines have been refusing to allow Cubans on board flights if they've been blacklisted by the government in Havana.

How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

Boarding a plane in Camaguey, Cuba

Santiago Villa

On Sunday, American Airlines refused to let Cuban writer Carlos Manuel Álvarez board a Miami flight bound for Havana. It was at least the third time this year that a U.S. airline refused to let Cubans on board to return to their homeland after Havana circulated a government "blacklist" of critics of the regime. Clearly undemocratic and possibly illegal under U.S. law, the airlines want to make sure to cash in on a lucrative travel route, writes Colombian journalist Santiago Villa:

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Imagine for a moment that you left your home country years ago because you couldn't properly pursue your chosen career there. It wasn't easy, of course: Your profession is not just singularly demanding, but even at the top of the game you might not be assured a stable or sufficient income, and you've had to take on second jobs, working in bars and restaurants.

This chosen vocation is that of a writer or journalist, or perhaps an artist, which has kept you tied to your homeland, often the subject of your work, even if you don't live there anymore.

Since leaving, you've been back home several times, though not so much for work. Because if you did, you would be followed in cars and receive phone calls to let you know you are being watched.

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