- - Thursday, December 2, 2010

MEXICO

U.S., China move closer on key climate issue

CANCUN | Prospects for a limited deal at the latest climate talks appeared to brighten with the U.S. and China narrowing differences on a key element: how to monitor greenhouse-gas emissions.

But other issues that go to the heart of a new global-warming treaty - long-term commitments for cutting emissions - proved stubbornly unmoving, and out of reach for any resolution during the annual two-week conference.

Nonetheless, analysts said an understanding on measuring emissions would be an important step that could help break the long-standing deadlock on reducing pollutants that scientists say have caused global temperatures to steadily rise over recent decades.

CANADA

Judge extends stay of prostitution laws

TORONTO | A Canadian judge has extended a stay of sex-trade laws as the government prepares an appeal of a court ruling that decriminalized prostitution in Canada.

Prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada, but communicating for the purposes of prostitution, pimping and operating a brothel were considered criminal acts.

In September, an Ontario Superior Court judge struck down laws covering these provisions, essentially decriminalizing prostitution. The judgment was subject to a temporary stay - meaning the laws remained in effect during the appeals process.

Ontario Court of Appeal Judge Marc Rosenberg ruled Thursday the stay will be extended until April 29.

The federal government has said prostitution harms individuals, but sex-trade workers have argued prostitution-related laws are unconstitutional.

EUROPE

12 dead as heavy snow, flooding slams Europe

BERLIN | Freezing temperatures and often blinding snowfall killed 12 more people and caused travel chaos across Northern Europe on Thursday, while some of the worst floods in a century devastated parts of the Balkans.

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