- - Monday, October 4, 2010

MEXICO

Official seeks to lower climate summit hopes

MEXICO CITY | Mexico’s environment minister on Monday warned against excessive optimism ahead of a key U.N. climate summit in Cancun in December, as gridlocked international climate talks reopened in China.

“There was overwhelming optimism in Copenhagen. There was a belief that they would resolve all the world’s problems and they didn’t manage it,” Juan Elvira Quesada said, referring to a U.N. summit in Denmark last year that failed to reach a binding deal on global cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Quesada sought to lower expectations for the Cancun summit — from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10 — but concentrate on “realistic and ambitious solutions,” he said, speaking at a meeting of business leaders in Mexico City.

PERU

Political outsiders top regional vote

LIMA | A diverse lot of political outsiders were handing traditional parties a stinging defeat in Peru’s regional elections, partial tallies showed Monday, suggesting the country’s presidential vote in April will be more unpredictable than expected.

The parties of each of the four leading presidential candidates had weak showings or no showings at all in Peru’s 25 governor races — two-thirds of which were expected to be won by tiny parties with names like the Regional Alliance Together for the Amazon.

Political analysts said if the early results from Sunday’s voting hold, they would show that traditional parties — and perhaps their presidential candidates — are struggling to tap into voters’ needs in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

ECUADOR

Police face cuts despite revolt

QUITO | Police in Ecuador seemed to accept cuts to their bonuses Monday without further protest amid debate over whether renegade officers had tried to kill or topple President Rafael Correa in a rebellion last week.

Mr. Correa, backed by many South American governments and who has public approval ratings of about 50 percent, called the revolt a coup and assassination attempt.

But critics say he provoked police who were simply protesting a new law that ends promotion bonuses for police and soldiers.

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