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UN chief urges ‘strong political commitment’ on climate change

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was faced by a global warming “crisis” and urged bickering negotiators at climate talks in Doha to show “strong political commitment” and compromise. Noting there were “mixed feelings” among delegates hammering out deals on curbing Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the secretary…

McAfee confirms he’s in Guatemala after photo accidentally reveals location

By Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian Fugitive software pioneer’s location accidentally revealed by location data on photograph tweeted by journalist covering him Software pioneer John McAfee has confirmed on his blog that he is in Guatemala with reporters from Vice magazine, a day after they accidentally revealed his location by failing to scrub data in a photo…

Underwear factory fire in China kills 14

BEIJING — A fire at an underwear factory killed 14 people Tuesday and left another injured in the southern Chinese city of Shantou, state media reported, quoting authorities. The fire broke out at around 3:30pm (0730 GMT), Guangdong province emergency officials told Xinhua, adding it was contained half an hour…

Economic group: World ‘on collision course with nature’

OECD says not curbing greenhouse gases will have disastrous impact on quality of life, particularly for people in poor countries Green growth is the only way forward for rich and poor countries alike to achieve sustainable development because of tremendous economic and livelihood losses from severe climate change and the…

WikiLeaks suspect’s lawyer: Manning’s treatment ‘blemish’ on nation’s history

David Coombs criticises the WikiLeaks suspect’s detention at Quantico military prison in rare speech outside courtroom David Coombs, the civilian lawyer representing Bradley Manning at his court martial for supplying WikiLeaks with a trove of US state secrets, has described the soldier’s treatment in solitary confinement at Quantico marine base…

U.S. warns Damascus as NATO mulls missiles for Turkey

NATO foreign ministers were set on Tuesday to approve Turkey’s request for Patriot missiles to counter any threats from neighbouring Syria after the United States issued a blunt warning to Damascus against the use of chemical weapons. Officials from the 28-member alliance meeting in Brussels have said that the US-made…

Taiwan student groups demand right to protest freely

Student groups in Taiwan Tuesday accused the government of trying to clamp down on their freedom to protest against a planned sale that they believe will make the media more Beijing friendly. The students reacted angrily after the education ministry sent a notice to 37 universities expressing “concerns over the…

Egyptian press refuses to print to protest ‘tyranny’

Egyptian independent and opposition newspapers refused to publish their Tuesday editions in protest against lack of press freedom in the country’s draft constitution, set for a popular referendum on December 15. The move was in order to “stand up to tyranny,” independent daily Al-Tahrir said on its website. “The Egyptian…

Japan and India strike currency swap agreement

Japan and India have inked a $15 billion currency swap agreement, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) said on Tuesday, in the latest sign of cooperation between the Asian giants. The deal means the pair can swap each other’s currency into US dollars with a maximum value of $15 billion through…

Adobe pushes fans to make their own mobile games

Adobe released a free tool kit to make it easier for developers to create Flash-based games to ride the growing wave of playing on smartphones, tablets, and in Internet browsers. Game Developers Tools made available Monday were the first tied to the Adobe’s “Creative Cloud,” providing computing muscle from Adobe’s…

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