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Climate pact process stumbles as countries bicker

Less than six months after the world agreed to craft a new climate pact by 2015, negotiations stumbled at a crucial preparatory phase on Friday as rich and poor countries butted heads. The concluding session of an already troubled 11-day haggle in Bonn ran into delays as countries clashed over…

Cambodian environmental activists fight rampant logging

Frustrated by government inaction, Cambodian citizen patrollers are risking their lives to take on the country’s illegal loggers in a bid to save their shrinking forests. The shooting of a prominent environmentalist by a military policeman last month after he refused to hand over logging photos rocked the kingdom and…

More than 50 climbers crowd Everest summit

More than 50 climbers successfully summited Mount Everest on Friday, a Nepalese official said, amid concerns about overcrowding on the world’s highest peak after four deaths earlier this week. Multiple expeditions had set off late Thursday for the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) summit, taking advantage of a two-day weather window that was…

Eurozone strains intensify as ‘massive shock’ looms

Eurozone tensions have intensified after grim news on the economic outlook and as investors sought safety in Germany on growing doubts over Greece’s future in the currency union. Shortly after an EU summit failed to produce a remedy, a May survey of eurozone business confidence on Thursday showed the sharpest…

Hollande defends French exit in Afghanistan

President Francois Hollande visited Afghanistan on Friday to defend France’s imminent departure from the war, telling troops that it would be coordinated closely with Afghan and NATO allies. Hollande met French soldiers deployed in the volatile province of Kapisa and held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on his first…

Egypt’s Brotherhood say Islamist, ex-PM in run-off

Egypt looked set on Friday for a run-off presidential vote pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi against former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, according to tallies by the Islamist group. The Brotherhood said its candidate was leading the race, with 90 percent of the votes counted, ahead of Shafiq, the last…

Chen says he suffered ‘beyond imagination’ in China

WASHINGTON — Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, who is now in the United States after a diplomatic standoff between Washington and Beijing, said Thursday he endured “suffering beyond imagination” at home. Chen, a self-taught lawyer subjected to years of jail and house arrest for exposing abuses in China’s one-child policy,…

Canada student protests erupt into political crisis with mass arrests

More than 500 people were arrested in Montreal on Wednesday night as protestors defy controversial new law Bill 78 Protests that began in opposition to tuition fees in Canada have exploded into a political crisis with the mass arrest of hundreds of demonstrators amid a backlash against draconian emergency laws.…

China hits back at claims it is blocking climate talks

BONN — China hit back Thursday at claims it was holding up global climate talks in Germany, saying the United States, Europe and other rich states were the ones applying the brakes. Developed nations are trying to wriggle out of legal targets to curb global warming, Chinese chief negotiator Su…

‘Yearning for change’ in Arab states inspirational: U.S.

WASHINGTON — A US report released Thursday hailed the “yearning for change” in Arab nations and moves toward openness in Myanmar, saying they may inspire a push for freedom in other dark reaches of the world. But the State Department said in its 2011 human rights report that the situation…

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