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Climate deal could bar poor from seeking compensation for losses

PARIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor countries could be barred from seeking compensation for losses and damages from rising seas, worsening storms and other climate impacts under a proposal in the latest draft of a new global climate change deal expected to be agreed this weekend.


Former Kazakh PM jailed for 10 years for embezzlement

ASTANA (Reuters) - Serik Akhmetov, a former prime minister of Kazakhstan, was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for embezzlement in a case which appeared to reflect infighting among members of the ruling elite.


Italy's Renzi shuns action in Syria, looks instead at Libya

ROME (Reuters) - With foreign powers firmly focussed on battling Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq, Italy is trying to drag international attention back to Libya to secure a deal there aimed at ending four years of violence and chaos.


Brazil police to question Lula in bribery probe involving son

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been called in for questioning next week by federal police in a bribery investigation involving his son Luis Claudio, according to a summons document seen by Reuters on Friday.


Syria's Assad says he will not negotiate with armed groups

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared on Friday that he would not negotiate with armed groups, appearing to scupper peace talks that Russia and the United States hope to bring about next month.


Libya's rival factions set Dec 16 as target date for U.N. deal - envoy

TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya's rival factions on Friday agreed to Dec. 16 as a target date for signing a United Nations-backed national unity government agreement meant to end their conflict.


Saudi holds first-ever election open to female voters and candidates

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia held its first-ever election open to female voters and candidates on Saturday (Dec 12), in a tentative step towards easing restrictions that are among the world's tightest on women.


Body of man found in oil palm plantation

REMBAU: The body of a man was found in a supine position at the Bukit Bertam Plantation, Lubok China, near here, Saturday.

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Hundreds protest in Taiwan against acquittal of tycoon accused of selling tainted cooking oil

TAIPEI: Hundreds of Taiwanese took to the streets to protest the acquittal of a tycoon accused of selling tainted cooking oil, in a string of food scandals that has sparked widespread anger.


Saudi Arabian women vote for first time in local elections

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian women voted for the first time on Saturday in local council elections and also stood as candidates, a step hailed by some activists in the Islamic patriarchy as a historic change, but by others as merely symbolic.