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Acquittal of white policeman triggers outrage over racial discrimination in US

As the Thanksgiving Day holiday came and wintry weather kept many indoors, three-day protests in about 170 U.S. cities against the acquittal of a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager apparently calmed down.


China mulls first light pollution control regulation

Teaching astronomy in a busy metropolis where the starry night sky is often obscured by light pollution is no easy task, especially as, generally, people are unaware of the health and social problems incessant illumination can have.


China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown: lawyer

Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial Friday for helping to organise small-scale protests against censorship, their lawyer said, the latest prosecution in a deepening government crackdown on dissent.


Indonesian officials ordered to eat street food to trim budget

Indonesia has ordered officials to eat local street food at meetings instead of fancy foreign fare and stop holding lavish parties, the latest moves by the new government to crack down on bureaucratic excess.


EU tackles rule-breaking France, Italy on budget

The European Commission was set to unveil a hard-eyed assessment of eurozone economies on Friday, with special attention on overspending France and Italy that risk sanctions by Brussels.


Middle East Christians threatened by radical Islam

Christians, whose fate will be broached by Pope Francis on his visit to Turkey, have been rooted in the wider Middle East since their faith was born in ancient Palestine two millennia ago.


Climate talks: The sticking points

Paris (AFP) -- Some of the sticking points at UN climate talks starting in Lima on Monday -- the last scheduled ministerial-level meeting before a global pact meant to be sealed in Paris in 12 months' time.

Targets

The 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have set an outside target of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels.

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and other climate-vulnerable countries want a tougher 1.5 C goal.


Thailand's general election delayed until 2016

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Thursday said the next general election will not be held until 2016.


OPEC move to keep oil output target sparks price slump

OPEC's decision against cutting oil production, despite a global glut in supplies, triggered a five-dollar collapse in crude prices and prompted a fall in early trading on Asian markets Friday.


'Supercell storm' batters Australian city

Planes were flipped and roofs ripped off when hail and powerful winds tore through Australia's east coast, leaving an Aus$100 million (US$85 million) damage bill as the army helped clear up Friday.