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(From left) U2's lead singer Bono, bass player Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen Jr and guitarist The Edge pay homage to attacks' victims near the Bataclan concert hall.
(From left) U2's lead singer Bono, bass player Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen Jr and guitarist The Edge pay homage to attacks' victims near the Bataclan concert hall. PHOTO: AFP

Britain deploys special forces

LONDON • Special forces have been deployed to back British police after the Paris attacks that killed 129 people, British newspapers reported yesterday, as part of a boost in security measures.

Interior Minister Theresa May did not deny the reports, telling the BBC that "arrangements" had been made to give the police military support where necessary.

Some British media reports said special forces were dressed in plain clothes and supporting police at public locations including train stations, shopping centres and entertainment districts.

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UN climate meeting near Paris still on

PARIS • • The United Nations climate meeting will go ahead as planned near Paris later this month despite the terror attacks in the French capital, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said last Saturday.

"COP21 must be held," Mr Fabius said, but added that security would be increased.

In Washington, a US official said President Barack Obama would take part in the conference. The meeting will be held at Le Bourget, on the northern rim of Paris, from Nov 30 to Dec 11.

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U2, Foo Fighters cancel shows

PARIS • The assault on one of the leading concert halls in Paris sent shockwaves through the music world, with top-selling artists including U2 and Foo Fighters calling off shows.

More than 80 people were killed in the Bataclan concert hall during a performance by a California rock band.

U2 had been scheduled to hold a two-night concert over the weekend at the 20,000-seat AccorHotels Arena.

Foo Fighters separately announced that the band was cutting short its world tour. It had been due to play at AccorHotels Arena the day after U2 and had shows left in Turin and Lyon.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2015, with the headline 'InBrief'. Print Edition | Subscribe