Climate change: Africa is still on the receiving end

A UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar, concluded in December 2012 with a new agreement called the “Doha Climate Gateway.” Its major achievements include the further extension until 2020 of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a work plan for negotiating a new global climate pact by 2015, to be implemented from 2020

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Algeria hostage crisis is over – Britain

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond says the hostage crisis in Algeria appears to be over, and more lives have been lost. In a joint news conference in London with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Saturday, Hammond said terrorists bear the "sole responsibility" for the deaths. The British Foreign Ministry says fewer than 10 Britons remain unaccounted for

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France Launches Airstrikes in Mali

France has carried out airstrikes in Mali to support government forces trying to stem advances by Islamist militants. France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, confirmed the air raids Friday, but declined to give more details about the military operation

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