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Doubts as greenhouse gas leader hosts climate meet

Qatar has much to prove in the coming days as the fossil fuel producing nation with the world’s largest per capita carbon footprint hosts the 18th UN climate change conference. Environmentalists question whether the tiny emirate has the diplomatic muscle, and more importantly, the political will, to play a positive…

Britain delays emissions cut decision to 2016

The British government’s long-awaited legislation to secure investment in low-carbon energy will not include a target to cut emissions by 2030, according to details released on Friday. After months of wrangling, the coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats reached agreement late on Thursday on…

Israel firms up security as Gaza truce takes hold

Israel restricted Palestinian access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday and kept a tight grip on security as a first death tested a hard-won truce ending fighting in and around Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party meanwhile prepared for a crunch primary Sunday amid signs its popularity…

China orders hospitals to treat HIV/AIDS patients

China has banned health institutions from withholding care to people with HIV/AIDS after an outcry over a cancer patient with the disease who was denied treatment, state media reported. The Ministry of Health issued a memo Friday ordering authorities to take steps to guarantee the right to medical treatment for…

Israel, Hamas both see gains from Gaza fight

Israel and its Hamas foes are each claiming gains from a week of fighting in and around Gaza, but analysts doubt if the army of a sovereign state can ever score a conclusive win against an irregular force rooted in its local community. “There is such a thing, but it…

‘Morsi is no dictator’ supporters say at Cairo rally

Thousands of ecstatic supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gathered outside the presidential palace on Friday to defend their leader against accusations from rival protesters that he has become a dictator. “We love you Morsi” chanted his supporters as protesters in Tahrir slammed “Morsi the dicator”, highlighting how polarised post-Mubarak…

The Dominican Republic’s epidemic of domestic violence

By Gizelle Lugo The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for many international travelers for its calm sandy beaches and trendy resorts. What many do not know, however, is that the nation is one of many in Latin America where violence against women runs rampant and is on the rise. The problem is exacerbated…

Muslim Brotherhood offices torched as Egyptian president claims dictatorship

Protesters torched Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday, state media said, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi staged rival rallies across Egypt a day after he assumed sweeping powers. The offices of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, were set ablaze in the canal…

Iran’s summer earthquake leaves 100,000 shivering in tents as winter descends

Iran's summer earthquake leaves 100,000 shivering in tents as winter descends As winter settles in on this remote province of Iran, a pair of earthquakes that devastated the area in mid-August will likely claim new lives. The Aug. 11 quakes devastated the mud and mud-brick houses typical of this area. Of…

Meet Marcelo Ebrard — the man who remade Mexico City

The man who remade Mexico City Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez walks among giant paper-mache renderings of fantastical dragons and serpents, called alebrijes, with his wife and two teenage daughters in the middle of Mexico City’s Zocalo to celebrate Day of the Dead. Later, the family considered catching a play for free,…

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