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China to limit carbon emissions for first time, climate adviser claims

China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor.<p>He Jiankun, chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing on Tuesday that an absolute cap on …

Malaysia Airlines plane search: British yachtswoman 'saw MH370 on fire'

British sailor reports having seen plane on fire near possible route of Flight MH370 - three months after it went missing<p>A British woman sailing with her husband across the Indian Ocean from India to Thailand has claimed she may have seen the missing Malaysia Airlines plane on fire.<p>Katherine Tee, …

Kyrgyzstan national pleads not guilty to hampering Boston bomb probe | Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - A citizen of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to federal investigators about his ties to the two ethnic Chechen men accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing.<p>Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an …

Yemen says 500 al Qaeda militants, 40 soldiers killed in campaign

SANAA (Reuters) - Five hundred al Qaeda militants and 40 soldiers have been killed since the military launched an offensive against the group in April, Yemeni army spokesman, Colonel Saeed al-Faquih, told a news conference on Thursday.<p>Yemen’s military mounted a campaign in the south of the country …

Ahead of World Cup, Rio's Drug Trade Shifts to Outskirts

ANTARES, Brazil — “Cocaina!” a bony teenager shouts out above transparent plastic bags of white powder measured in doses and arranged neatly next to price tags on a wooden table.<p>Beside the cocaine are baggies of compressed marijuana and crack rocks also being sold to a steady stream of customers.<p>A …

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One big winner in the US-China climate deal: the global poor

It's a huge day for climate policy. Last night, United States and China announced a joint plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions: the US will cut its emissions by over a quarter beneath 2005 levels by 2025, while China pledges to stop emissions growth by 2030. This is a big deal — it breaks the …

Syrian refugees return to vote in presidential ballot

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon gathered at the Masnaa border crossing point to briefly enter Syria and vote in the presidential election.<p>The ballot is expected to extend the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Lebanese media reported last week that Interior Minister Nouhad al-Machnouk had …

Niger's first slavery conviction: man jailed for four years

Girls taken as a 'fifth wife' – wahaya – are treated as property and face a lifetime of rape and physical and psychological abuse<p>A man has been sentenced to four years in jail in Niger's first conviction for slavery.<p>Elhadji Djadi Raazikou, 63, was convicted of having a "fifth wife" – a practice in …

Why is Wolfenstein: The New Order more than just an arcade shooter?

We thought we knew what we were getting with <i>Wolfenstein: The New Order</i>, but sometimes a game surprises you.<p>We described it in our review as a "bizarre love triangle of traditional shooter elements, sci-fi pulp and believable human angle." But how did it manage to take the oldest first-person …