While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 30 edition

French police detain over 200 as Paris climate protest turns violent

French police detained 208 people and kept a total of 174 in custody, after activists clashed with police in Paris on Sunday (Nov 29) ahead of key climate talks, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

The minister said the acts of violence in central Paris by the protesters, who hurled bottles and candles at police, must be “firmly” condemned.

Television images on Sunday showed demonstrators throwing projectiles at police who charged crowds and dragged people away near the Place de la Republique, a traditional rallying place for marches in the capital.


Turkey recovers body of pilot from downed Russian jet

Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved in Syria's war.

A coffin carrying Oleg Peshkov arrived by ambulance on the tarmac of Hatay Airport in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, a Reuters photographer said.

It was flown to the capital Ankara, where according to Russia's RIA news agency it was met at an airfield by Moscow's ambassador and military attache. The Russian embassy declined to comment.


Pope opens 'Holy Door' in Bangui ahead of Catholic Jubilee year

Pope Francis on Sunday made a highly symbolic gesture by opening a "Holy Door" at Bangui Cathedral in the Central African Republic ahead of the start of a Catholic Jubilee Year, marking forgiveness and reconciliation.

"Open for us the gate of your mercy," the 78-year-old pope prayed before opening the door. "We ask for peace for Central African Republic and for all people who suffer from war."

According to Catholic tradition, passing through such a "holy door" during a Jubilee Year allows worshippers to be forgiven their sins.


Prince William and Kate share two irresistible new images of Princess Charlotte with world

Two adorable new photos of six-month-old Princess Charlotte shared on Instagram on Sunday by Prince William and Kate Middleton already have the entire world buzzing.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to be able to share two new photographs of Princess Charlotte," said one caption released by the Kensington Palace on the social media. "They were taken by The Duchess in early November at their home in Norfolk."

The Prince and Princess, both 33, have largely kept both Charlotte and her two-year-old brother, Prince George, out of the limelight since their births.


Football: Alexis Sanchez injured in Arsenal draw, Liverpool climb after win

Arsenal lost Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny to injury in a 1-1 draw at Norwich City on Sunday that prevented them drawing level with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Sanchez set up Mesut Ozil for Arsenal's 30th-minute opener at Carrow Road, but after Lewis Grabban had equalised just before half-time, the influential Chilean left the fray clutching his right hamstring.

Centre-back Koscielny had already departed by that stage, having been replaced by Gabriel in the 11th minute, leaving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with seven senior players on the sidelines.