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Climate panel says emissions rising, avoids blame

In key document, UN climate panel warns emissions rising but drops statistics showing where
Karl Ritter, The Associated Press

BERLIN - The United Nations' expert panel on climate change is highlighting the disconnect between international goals to fight global warming and what's actually being done to attain them.

Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must drop by 40-70 per cent by 2050 to keep the global temperature rise below the 2-degree C (3.6-degree F) cap set in U.N. climate talks, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report released Sunday.

Ukraine: Special forces sent to eastern city

Ukraine: Special forces sent to eastern city to retake buildings; pro-Russians open fire
Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian special forces were deployed Sunday to an eastern city where armed pro-Russia men seized a police headquarters and the Security Service office, the interior minister said.

Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that the "separatists" who seized the buildings in Slovyansk had opened fire on the approaching troops. This claim could not immediately be confirmed.

Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

New rebel, government claims of poison gas attack complicate Syrian civil war, weapons cleanup
Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press

BEIRUT - Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons.

Timeline of events in the Boston Marathon bombing

Timeline of events in the Boston Marathon bombing
The Associated Press

A timeline of events related to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured 260 others on April 15, 2013. The suspects are Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police several days later, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is in jail awaiting trial.

March 2011: The Russian FSB intelligence security service gives the FBI information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his family, was a follower of radical Islam.

UN climate report balances science and politics

Every comma is scrutinized as UN climate report balances science and politics
Karl Ritter, The Associated Press

BERLIN - After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels.

Memoir by Indian PM's ex-aide irks amid elections

Memoir by Indian prime minister's former media adviser irks government amid elections
Katy Daigle, The Associated Press

NEW DELHI - A new book by a former aide to India's prime minister has caused a political stir during ongoing national elections by suggesting the outgoing leader was never fully in charge of his government.

Instead, "The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh," by Sanjaya Baru, describes the country's top technocrat as having to compete with the dynastic Congress Party's leader, Sonia Gandhi, for influence within his own Cabinet.

With no new signals, Aussie PM sees long jet hunt

With no new signals and black box batteries dying, Aussie PM says jet hunt will take long time
Margie Mason, The Associated Press

PERTH, Australia - With no new underwater signals detected, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday that the massive search for the missing Malaysian jet would likely continue "for a long time," with electronic transmissions from the plane's black boxes fading fast.

Woman accused of tossing shoe at Clinton released

Phoenix woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton in Vegas is released
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was given a misdemeanour disorderly conduct summons and freed after she was booked at the Clark County jail, according to a Las Vegas police arrest report.

Police ticket boy after toy motorcycle hits SUV

Mexico police ticket 6-year-old boy, impound his toy motorcycle after crash with SUV
The Associated Press

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Police in this border city repented Thursday over ticketing a 6-year-old boy for reckless driving, driving without a license and not having his vehicle registered after he drove his miniature motorcycle into an SUV.

The boy's mother, Karla Noriega, said police impounded the miniature gasoline-powered motorbike that her son got for Christmas after he crashed into an SUV on Dec. 27.

Myanmar frees prominent political prisoners

Myanmar releases prominent political prisoners after presidential pardon
The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar has freed several prominent political prisoners, which has been a key condition set by Western countries for easing sanctions against the country.

Myanmar authorities freed the prisoners Friday as part of a presidential pardon for 651 detainees. Relatives and supporters of activists and ethnic minority politicians confirmed their release.

Myanmar state radio and television announced said that the 651 detainees were being freed to take part in "nation-building."

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