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Weary delegates from almost 200 nations worked past their deadline and into Friday night to cobble together final decisions wrapping up the U.N. climate conference, small steps to revive the faltering, yearslong talks to guard the Earth against planetary warming.
Nearly 200 environment ministers and other delegates moved late Friday toward wrapping up an annual U.N. climate conference with a package of decisions on modest steps, including a fund to help poorer nations cope with global warming.
North Korea warned Saturday that it is ready for an all-out war even as it dispatched its top diplomat to Russia amid a flurry of regional diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions over the North's deadly artillery attack on South Korea.
A U.N. climate conference on Saturday approved a deal to create a "green" fund for developing countries and to take other small steps to address global warming, over heated objections from Bolivia that the pact doesn't go far enough.
The WikiLeaks pandemic spread like wildfire around Planet Earth, triggering a new age of uncertainty, anxiety - and fear. Nothing was sacred or secret. The loose-lips-sink-ships mentality is now spreading to the ether, or at least the Internet, whose true dimensions are hard to grasp.
Climate negotiators labored through the night and into their final day Friday with a raft of issues undergoing intense bargaining, but with high hopes an agreement was within reach on small but essential steps to stem global warming.
Negotiators reported progress Thursday at the U.N. climate conference, setting the stage for agreements on a support fund for poorer nations and other steps easing global warming's impact. The complex talks stretched deep into the night to try to meet a Friday deadline.
President Obama's policies aren't just harmful to the economy, they're undermining America's morale. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama referred to congressional Republicans as "hostage-takers" for resisting White House efforts to increase taxes. He then gave in to GOP demands, explaining, "I think it's tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers, unless the hostage gets harmed." One can only hope that Osama bin Laden was unable to tune in to a press conference in which the president of the United States delivered the weakest appraisal of how to handle a hostage situation since the mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was inhabited by a Georgia peanut farmer.
Clapping solemnly, dignitaries in Norway celebrated this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, with an empty chair.