- The Washington Times - Monday, October 19, 2009


Big polluters seek climate change deal

LONDON | Representatives of the world’s 17 biggest and most polluting nations were holding talks Sunday to search for a breakthrough on financing efforts to contain climate change and reduce gas emissions causing global warming.

Pressure has been mounting for the United States to finalize its position before a decisive December conference in Denmark meant to cap two years of negotiations on a global climate change treaty.

The Obama administration said it was tied to action by the U.S. Congress, where climate bills were making their slow way toward legislation.

President Obama initiated the Major Economies Forum earlier this year as an informal caucus to quietly deal with the countries’ toughest problems. Participants agree to keep the talks confidential.

A key issue is helping poor countries adapt to changes in Earth’s climate that threaten to flood coastal regions, make farming unpredictable and spread diseases. They also need funds and technologies to develop their economies without overly increasing pollution.


President’s re-election chances slim

KIEV | Whatever happened to Ukraine’s Orange Revolution?

As the country starts its first presidential election campaign since that popular movement in 2004 broke the grip of the post-Soviet establishment, its leader, President Viktor Yushchenko, stares a painful reality in the face. Official campaigning begins Monday.

Opinion polls point to Viktor Yanukovich, his disgraced Moscow-backed opponent back then, getting easily through a Jan. 17 election to go into a runoff vote.

Just as bitter for Mr. Yushchenko - his erstwhile “Orange” ally but now rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, is almost certain to be the other player in the second-round showdown, analysts say.

The 55-year-old president has ratings so low that none but his most loyal supporters see a chance of re-election.


Cargo craft docks with space station

MOSCOW | A cargo ship has delivered food, fuel, oxygen and other supplies to the International Space Station.

Russia’s space agency says the unmanned Progress M-03M docked with the orbital station Sunday after a three-day trip up from Earth.

Care packages for members of the multinational six-person crew were one part of the delivery vehicle’s 2.65-ton cargo.

The space station is orbiting about 225 miles above Earth. Its current crew includes two Russians, two Americans, a Canadian and a Belgian.

Canadian Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte returned to Earth a week ago after a stint as the seventh paying space tourist aboard the station.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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