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Indians rally against climate change ahead of UN talks NEW DELHI: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in New Delhi on Saturday, calling on the Indian government and world leaders to take urgent steps against climate change at a high-stakes UN summit next week.Carrying placards that read "I want to save forests" and "Coal kills", around 300 protesters shouted slogans and danced to pounding drum beats.The protest came a day ahead of a massive rally planned Sunday in New York called the "People's Climate March", with some 2,000 other marches planned around the world, including in London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Melbourne.Organisers are seeking to put pressure on world leaders meeting at a United Nations summit in New York on Tuesday aimed at injecting momentum into struggling efforts to tackle global warming.US President Barack Obama is to outline his vision for limiting global warming at the meeting, the first of its kind since the Copenhagen summit collapsed in disarray in ...

G20 nations want Putin at leaders' summit CAIRNS: Vladimir Putin is set to attend the G20 leaders' summit in November despite alarm over Russia's actions in Ukraine with host Australia Saturday saying it was the "emphatic" wish of member nations.There had been question marks over whether Moscow should be invited to the high-powered forum in Brisbane with the brutal five-month conflict that has killed around 3,000 people still unresolved.Opposition to Putin's attendance intensified after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over ...
Kiev, rebels ink deal creating buffer zone MINSK: Kiev and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday signed a deal creating a demilitarised zone in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after fresh talks aimed at ending a brutal five-month war.Face-to-face talks began on Friday evening in the Belarussian capital of Minsk and ended seven hours later with an agreement to create the buffer zone and withdraw all foreign fighters and weapons from the area."We have signed a memorandum," said Ukraine's former president Leonid Kuchma, who was Kiev's ...
Norway needs tax changes to boost wind farms: regulator OSLO: Changes to Norway's tax rules are needed to stop wind power investments fleeing to neighbouring Sweden, the power market regulator said ahead of a draft government budget to be released on Oct. 8. His comments come after Norway's state-owned power group Statkraft called this week for the government to amend tax rules, in particular the length of depreciation of investments, to level out the playing field with Sweden. The two countries launched the first ...
Germany says won't delay plans to isolate risky bank business BERLIN: The German government will not delay its plans to isolate risky hedge fund activities from banks' normal retail business but will consider aligning its law with European rules to keep costs down for German banks, the finance ministry said on Friday. German banks have lobbied for the government to ease and postpone the law, which will come into force in 2016, as it is tougher than EU regulation currently under negotiation. After the collapse ...
Storm forces closure of Florence museums for damage checks FLORENCE: Florence officials ordered the closure of many of the Tuscan city's museums on Friday, including the famed Uffizi Gallery, while technicians checked for damage after a particularly violent storm. The museums house some of the greatest treasures of the Renaissance and the Uffizi is home to masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Boticelli, Raphael and others. Streets, cellars and ground floors of buildings in the city centre were flooded by the storm that felled trees in ...
Russian businessman freed from house arrest, his company says MOSCOW: Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov was freed from house arrest on Friday, a company spokeswoman said, but the tycoon will have to stay in Russia to face money laundering charges over a deal to acquire a regional oil company. There were conflicting reports in Russian media over whether the head of the Sistema telecoms-to-oil conglomerate had seen a change in the conditions of his pre-trial detention, which some in Russia's business elite said were too ...


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