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Lima climate change talks reach global warming agreement

Deal would for first time commit all countries – including developing nations – to cutting emissions

Report by Suzanne Goldenberg in Lima; The Guardian

International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for th

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Humans may first have learned to harness fire in Israel 350,000 years ago

Israeli researchers help pinpoint habitual, intentional use of heat in ancient Levant after uncovering material from cave near Haifa

Report by Ilan Ben Zion; picture shows Israeli children gather around a bonfire on the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer, in Jerusalem. Lag Ba'Omer comm

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Afghan president condemns inhumane torture described in CIA report

Ashraf Ghani vows to defends the dignity of those who had been jailed in reminder of how impact of CIA interrogation programme still fuels anger

Picture shows the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph

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Alliance applauds Bangladeshs work safety progress - garments business

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a group of North American retailers, yesterday applauded Bangladesh for its progress in improving working conditions in garment factories.

 “We have seen amazing commitments from the government, factory owners and buyers to ensure work

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New York mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to endorse Eric Garner grand jury decision

·         Mayor says he ‘respects the process’ of grand jury

·         NYPD to conduct its own inquiry into dea

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Kabul suicide attack on UK diplomats leaves six dead

Briton among casualties of Taliban attack on British embassy vehicle between Jalalabad and Kabul


May Jeong in Kabul, Jason Burke in Mumbai, Matthew Weaver, Rowena Mason and Luke Harding in London, The Guardian

Picture shows the attack took place on the key Jalalabad to Kabul high

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Phillip Hughes – ‘He died playing the sport he loved’

Cricket world salutes batsman who suffered fatal head injury during match at Sydney Cricket Ground


Report by Owen Gibson, The Guardian


Picture shows Phillip Hughes and his fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2010. Photograph Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Flags fl

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6 month of Modi government in India - Smooth start to a tough ride

Governance and governance outcomes are a continuing process. Artificial time slices like a hundred days or six months have at best some symbolic value. So, what yardsticks would be appropriate, both in absolute and relative terms, to assess the first six months of the Modi government?


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Burmas army uses rape to demoralise ethnic minorities, report says

Women’s rights group says military uses sexual violence to intimidate women in ethnic minority communities and take control of resource-rich areas

Picture shows a girl watches as soldiers (not implicated) walk by her home in Thapyuchai village, in Rakhine state. Photograph Soe Zeya Tun/

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