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Carbon credit controversy could thwart UN climate negotiations

Brazil has said a row over carbon credits could derail the United Nations climate change negotiations taking place in Qatar this week. The row concerns whether countries entering the second round of the Kyoto protocol should be allowed to carry over emissions credits from the first phase. Some countries, including…

Napoleon essay fetches record price at French auction

PARIS — A 200-year-old letter in which Napoleon Bonaparte vows to blow up the Kremlin fetched 187,500 euros at a French auction on Sunday, while an essay by him on the failed Russian campaign set another record. The coded missive, written in numbers and signed “Nap”, said: “I will blow…

Watchdog: Israel must explain ‘targeting’ journalists

JERUSALEM — Israel must provide an “immediate and detailed explanation” for its targeting of journalists and media buildings during last month’s Gaza conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Sunday. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the watchdog said it was “gravely concerned that Israeli airstrikes…

Budget talks going ‘nowhere,’ Boehner complains

WASHINGTON — Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that talks to resolve the dreaded “fiscal cliff” are going “nowhere,” as Democrats demand a tax hike for the richest Americans. Without a deal by year’s end, a poison pill of tax hikes and massive spending cuts, including slashes to the…

Geithner says no budget deal without tax hikes

WASHINGTON — Lead White House negotiator Timothy Geithner insisted Sunday there would be no deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” unless Republicans allowed tax rates on the wealthiest Americans to rise. Talks to avoid the dreaded “fiscal cliff” are at a dangerous impasse after President Barack Obama’s opening gambit in…

Former guards of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning deny abuse

Two of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning’s former prison guards have denied abusing him in custody, and described an incident where the US Army private suddenly burst into tears. Manning, 24, is accused of providing Internet site WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables and classified war logs from…

More than 100 Gaza civilians killed during latest conflict: report

The phone rang at 3:00 am: “You have five minutes to evacuate the house,” an Israeli officer said in flawless Arabic. Within minutes, an Israeli drone fired a warning shot. The Israeli military employed a range of warnings to civilians during its November 14-21 bombardment to halt rocket fire into…

Family of British ‘locked-in’ man push right-to-die campaign

The family of a ‘locked-in’ syndrome sufferer who fought for the right to die said Saturday they would continue his campaign to change the law after seeking permission to appeal a High Court ruling. Tony Nicklinson died on August 22 aged 58 a week after losing a lengthy legal battle…

Microsoft and Google battle with online shopping search engines

Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft and Google have become embroiled in a bitter dispute over who is the fairest of them all for online shopping, stepping up the battle between the tech giants. Microsoft threw the first punch when it launched a campaign for its Bing search engine…

Martial arts group seeks Middle East peace

The barefoot, black-belted martial arts experts flick high kicks and aim straight-elbowed arm thrusts at each other, but it is their handshakes that draw gasps and applause from spectators. Taking its name from the Japanese expression for “the way of stopping conflict”, an organisation called Budo for Peace gave crowds…

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