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Critics say last-minute Lima climate deal is watered-down

Lima climate dealWorld delegates at the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru, finally reached a deal for tackling climate change, after negotiations dragged on for an extra two days.

Environmental groups have been quick to label the agreement weak and watered-down.

The deal is essentially an agreement to come to a more significant agreement next year. It lays out a framework for each nation to outline domestic plans in the new year for reducing their carbon emissions, paving the way for a more comprehensive global pact at the 2015 climate summit in Paris.

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Britain to seek access to CIA torture report

UK parliamentA U.K. parliamentary panel wants access to information not made public in a U.S. Senate report that may pertain to Britain's role in the interrogation and rendition of terror suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, told the BBC on Sunday that the panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture would request access to the Senate's findings related to Britain.

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Ex-Mossad chief: Peace will elude us until we treat Palestinians with dignity

Efraim HaleviThere will never be peace in the Middle East as long as Israelis don’t treat the Palestinians as equals, Efraim Halevy said last week, accusing senior government officials of advancing “condescending” policies toward the Palestinians.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Times of Israel, the former head of the Mossad intelligence agency accused the outgoing government, especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, of having violated the fragile status quo in Jerusalem. The elections of March 2015 are not merely a referendum on Israel’s leadership, he said, but constitute an unprecedented opportunity to determine Israel’s policy vis-à-vis the peace process.

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Only CIA Agent Jailed for Torture Program Is Whistleblower Who Confirmed Its Existence

John KiriakouThere is only one U.S. government employee who has gone to jail in connection with the widespread torture program by the CIA documented in the executive summary (pdf) of the Senate report that was partially released Tuesday: the man who helped expose it six years ago.

John Kiriakou, who worked for the CIA between 1990 and 2004, stepped forward in 2007 and confirmed to press outlets some of the first details about the agency's widespread use of torture.

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NYC Protesters Call For Justice In Garner Case, March To NYPD Headquarters

NYC police protest Protesters took to the streets of New York City Saturday to express outrage over the grand jury decisions not to indict the officers involved in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.

Demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park for a 2 p.m. march to One Police Plaza outside the NYPD headquarters.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, the crowd chanted “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter,” and “Bring the system down,” as more and more protesters filled Washington Square Park.

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Sandy Hook Parents Will Sue Gunmaker

bushmasterParents of some of the victims of the 2012 school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, will on Monday announce they are suing Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the gun used by Adam Lanza.

They are working with an attorney who represented Michael Jackson’s family in a $1.5bn wrongful death lawsuit against his international concert promoter, and a Democratic lobbyist who worked in the Clinton administration and specialises in taking on major corporations, the Guardian has learned.

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Thosands Converge In DC For March Against Police Killings

DC pretestsThousands of protesters marched down iconic Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday, arriving at the Capitol to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and call for legislative action.

"What a sea of people," said Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old killed in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. "If they don't see this and make a change, then I don't know what we got to do. Thank you for having my back."

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Taliban attack kills two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan

2Americans killed in AfghanistanThe Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a dozen mine clearers and several national and foreign soldiers but also suffered heavy losses from intensifying violence ahead of the withdrawal of most international troops in the next two weeks.

In Kabul on Saturday, a bomb ripped through a bus carrying soldiers in Kabul, killing at least seven of them, mangling the vehicle and sending a column of black smoke over the capital.

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Farmworker children uprooted by California rules

farmworker children uprootedA lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room "is always a mess."

The hoodies go in her suitcase, but as usual, all her partially completed schoolwork ends up in the trash. Just a week later, Claudia has new notebooks, along with new textbooks, and three bulging suitcases to start unpacking 200 miles away.

She does this every year. Twice.

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