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Thirty more countries are expected to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change this week, greatly improving the pact’s chances of coming into force just a year after it was negotiated in the French capital, the United Nations said Tuesday.

More than 170 world leaders have signed the deal, but it won’t take effect until 55 countries accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions have ratified or accepted it through their domestic procedures.

That was initially expected to take several years, but 28 countries accounting for 39 percent of emissions including the world’s two biggest emitters, the United States and China, have already ratified the deal.


Investigators have identified a suspect in the killing of two priests in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said Tuesday, adding that the victims apparently knew their attackers.

The newspaper Reforma quoted the Veracruz state prosecutor, Luis Angel Bravo, as saying the priests were drinking with the attackers.

Bravo said the attackers then turned violent, taking money from the collection box as well as vehicles and the two priests, whose bullet-ridden bodies were later found on a roadside miles from the church. He did not say how many attackers there were or name the identified suspect.

SANAA, Yemen

Yemeni security officials say an American who worked as an English teacher has been taken from his house in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

The officials told The Associated Press Tuesday that the instructor works for an English language institute in Sanaa and that he was taken from his house to an undisclosed location.

It was not immediately clear if the American was kidnapped or arrested.


An Italian man has undergone surgery for head injuries after being punched and kicked in the head in a Rome subway car by two men he asked to stop smoking.

Rome city hall said Mayor Virginia Raggi went to the hospital Tuesday to visit Maurizio Di Francescantonio, 37, two days after he was attacked while riding on the subway with his mother.

Prosecutors are investigating the two men, who come from the Caserta area in southern Italy, for attempted murder.


• ASSISI, Italy — Pope Francis met with war refugees and religious figures on Tuesday in Assisi, the Italian hometown of the tolerance-preaching St. Francis, for a day of prayers for peace, openness toward refugees and calls for religions to marginalize fundamentalism.

• LONDON — A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter’s childhood home is on the market — complete with a cupboard under the stairs.

Compiled from wire reports