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    Dozens of young people stood in a line inside the Bella Center, the venue of the on-going United Nations Climate Change Conference, with a strong message that leaders must commit themselves to ensuring a successful outcome.

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    As the venue will limit the number of NGO representatives into the Bella Center, most of the young people participating the demonstration are scheduled to return to their home countries.

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    However, they have left the message behind. Time is running short and the nations must take actions to cut emissions, adapt and mitigate the global warming.

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  • ROME: An attacker hurled a statuette at Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, striking the leader in the face at the end of a rally Sunday and leaving the stunned 73-year-old media mogul with a broken nose and bloodied mouth.

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    Blood covers part of the face of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after he was attacked in downtown Milan December 13, 2009. Berlusconi was taken to hospital with blood smeared over his face after a man hurled a small model of Milan cathedral at him at a political rally, police said on Sunday. Police said the 42-year-old man accused of attacking Berlusconi as he signed autographs in Milan was immediately taken into custody. The Italian leader was rushed to a hospital where he was being held overnight. The attack occurred at a time when Berlusconi, one of Italy's wealthiest men, is embroiled in a sex scandal, a divorce case with his wife and public protests demanding his resignation. TV showed the stunned leader with blood under his nose, on his mouth and under one eye as he was lifted to his feet by aides after Sunday's attack. He was hustled into the back of a car, but he immediately got out, apparently to show he was not badly injured. But Berlusconi suffered a "small fracture" of the nose, two broken teeth and an injury to the inside and outside of his lip, said Paolo Klun, chief spokesman for Milan's San Raffaele Hospital. "He wanted to go home right away, but he is being held as a precaution" for overnight observation, Klun said. The premier suffered "a significant bruising trauma from this blunt instrument that was hurled at him." Police first said it appeared the assailant had punched Berlusconi in the face while clutching a souvenir statue of Milan's Duomo, or cathedral with gargoyles that symbolizes the city. But state TV later showed a video, somewhat blurry, of what appeared to be the attacker's hand coming close to Berlusconi's face while holding the statue, then letting go of the object at the last minute as it hit the premier's face. Berlusconi was "very shaken and demoralized," Klun said. "He didn't understand very well what happened to him." Immediately after the attack, the premier, after getting out of the car and without saying a word, was pulled back into the vehicle by bodyguards. The attack occurred after Berlusconi had just finished delivering a long, vigorous speech at the rally to thousands of applauding supporters from his Freedom People party in the square outside the cathedral at about 6:30 p.m. Officials at Milan's police headquarters said they didn't immediately know what the miniature Duomo statue was made of. Berlusconi's spokesman, speaking by telephone from the emergency room from San Raffaele hospital where the premier was taken, told Sky TG24 TV that doctors had decided to keep Berlusconi in the hospital overnight for observation. "We'll see what the doctors say tomorrow morning," spokesman Paolo Bonauiti told Sky. The exams of his jaw area included a CT scan, Bonaiuti said. Police identified the man they were questioning as Massimo Tartaglia, 42. They said Tartaglia didn't have any criminal record but had suffered psychological problems in the past. Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa told reporters he ran to help police hustle the man away from the scene of the attack "to keep him from a possible lynching from the crowd." The assailant "was a man who had mixed in with the people who were applauding (Berlusconi), shaking his hand," La Russa said. The attack occurred at a difficult political time for Berlusconi, who has been plagued by scandals. On Dec. 5, tens of thousands of Italians fed up with the premier marched peacefully through Rome to demand his resignation. The demonstrators expressed dismay over what they see as the businessman's conflict of interests, citing repeated government-backed laws they contend were tailored to help shield Berlusconi from prosecution in cases involving his media, real estate and sports empire. Berlusconi claims the laws benefit all citizens. Other critics cite Berlusconi's sex scandals. Berlusconi's wife is divorcing him after complaining about his infatuation with young women. A southern Italian businessman has told investigators he procured some 30 attractive young women for parties and dinners at the premier's Rome residence and Sardinian villa. Among the guests was a high-end prostitute who claimed she slept with Berlusconi. The premier has denied ever paying for sex. Berlusconi has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and blames his judicial woes on prosecutors he claims sympathize with the opposition left. Several of the cases either ended in acquittal or were dropped when limitation statutes expired. Others are pending. On Sunday, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano condemned the "grave and unusual gesture of aggression" against Berlusconi. In a statement, the head of state renewed his plea that conflicting political points of view be expressed "within the limits of responsible self-control" and while "preventing and heading off every impulse and spiral of violence."

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    Police apprehend a man (C) after Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was attacked in downtown Milan December 13, 2009.

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    Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is helped by police after he was attacked in downtown Milan December 13, 2009.

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    Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is helped by police after he was attacked in downtown Milan December 13, 2009.

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    Police officers patrol outside the San Raffaele Hospital where Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalized in Milan December 13, 2009.

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    A woman with a bicycle walks next to a globe which is a part of of an installation in downtown Copenhagen December 6, 2009. Copenhagen is the host city for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 from December 7 until December 18.

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    A Danish policeman stands next to an art installation located near the exit of the Bella Center in Copenhagen December 6, 2009. Thousands of environmentalists and politicians will gather here for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 which opens on December 7 and runs until December 18. The biggest U.N. climate talks in history are aimed at working out a new pact to curb global warming, replacing the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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    A woman on a bicycle passes a huge tree stump which is a part of the Ghost Forest Exhibition in front of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen December 6, 2009. Copenhagen is the host city for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, from December 7 until December 18.

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    A woman touches an ice sculpture of a polar bear in downtown Copenhagen December 6, 2009. Copenhagen is the host city for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, from December 7 until December 18.

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    A combination picture shows different globes as a part of an installation in downtown Copenhagen December 6, 2009. Copenhagen is the host city for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, which lasts from December 7 until December 18.

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  • Miss Fullagar was due to start a law degree next year. (Photo:cqnews.net)


    BEIJING, Oct. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- An 18-year-old British student won 7 million pounds (about 12.68 million U.S. dollars) in a lottery draw, but her dog bit her on the bottom when she screamed so loudly from excitement, according to British media reports Thursday.

    The teenager, Ianthe Fullagar, living in Cumbria, northern England, said: "At first I thought I had matched three numbers, so I couldn't believe it when I realized I had the five main numbers plus one Lucky Star.

    "My mum called the National Lottery Line and it was only then that I realized I had won a share of the jackpot. We were both screaming so loudly that my dog, Brock, didn't know what was happening and bit me on the bottom.

    I didn't know what to do with my ticket, so after hiding it in my bra and jewellery box, I settled for my gym bag until it was confirmed I was a winner."

    Fullagar said she will still study law at university next year, despite her huge win on the EuroMillions game.

    "I'm going to live the life of a student. I'm going to live in student digs," she told the BBC. "I love baked beans."

    After receiving an over-sized check at an official ceremony, she said she plans to spend her winnings on her family and friends and a new Ford Ka.

  • Two conjoined Nile Tilapia fish, dubbed "Siamese Twin", swim in a small aquarium in Bangkok October 3, 2008. They are both eight months old and share part of the skin together. The bigger fish tends to protect the smaller one from harm while the smaller one looks for food at the bottom of the aquarium. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


    Two conjoined Nile Tilapia fish, dubbed "Siamese Twin", swim in a small aquarium in Bangkok October 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


    Two conjoined Nile Tilapia fish, dubbed "Siamese Twin", swim in a small aquarium in Bangkok October 3, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


    Two conjoined Nile Tilapia fish, dubbed "Siamese Twin", swim in a small aquarium in Bangkok October 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

  • Jason Lopez rests on a bed at the Catarino Rivas hospital where he is being treated for severe malnutrition in San Pedro Sula, in this March 8, 2008 file photo. Lopez, 9, was found suffering from severe malnutrition in March after neighbours tipped police off about his condition. He was found weighing only eight kg (17.6 lbs.), which is normal for a two-year-old, on September 25, 2008, staff at the rehabilitation centre said he now weighs 17.2 kg (38 lbs.). Picture taken March 8, 2008.


    Jason Lopez attends a therapeutic session at Teleton rehabilitation centre in San Pedro Sula, Sept. 25, 2008.


    Jason Lopez attends a therapeutic session at Teleton rehabilitation centre in San Pedro Sula, Sept. 25, 2008


    Jason Lopez smiles during a therapeutic session at Teleton rehabilitation centre in San Pedro Sula, Sept. 25, 2008


    Jason Lopez attends a therapeutic session at Teleton rehabilitation centre in San Pedro Sula, Sept. 25, 2008. (Photo: chinadaily.com.cn/Agencies)
  • Pakistan's Interior Ministry has said that 38 persons including two foreigners have been killed in a suicide attack on a five-star hotel in the capital.

    The ministry, in a statement issued Sunday, said that Saturday's suicide blast injured some 257 persons including 21 foreigners.The country has been put on red alert after the suicide blast, thestatement said.

    On the other hand, fire has still not gone out completely and sheer heat is coming out of the devastated hotel building with thetemperature climbing up to 400 centigrade. The hotel has been sealed off.

    The interior ministry feared that there were still a few people trapped under the debris of the hotel which was completely destroyed after the blast.


    Pakistani volunteers carry a body of a blast victim outside the burning facade of The Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Saturday evening. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

    The Marriott Hotel, a landmark building in the Pakistan capital, is the preferred hotel of visiting diplomats and businessmen.

    The security has been put on alert across the country after the serious blast. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani condemned the blast.

    The blast came just hours after Zardari vowed to firmly fight against terrorism and extremism while addressing a joint session of the parliament.


    Pakistani police and volunteers search for the victims outside the burning facade of The Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Saturday evening. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)


    At least 60 people died in a blast outside Marriott hotel in central Islamabad Saturday evening local time.


    At least 60 people died in a blast outside Marriott hotel in central Islamabad Saturday evening local time.


    At least 60 people died in a blast outside Marriott hotel in central Islamabad Saturday evening local time.


    At least 60 people died in a blast outside Marriott hotel in central Islamabad Saturday evening local time.


    At least 60 people died in a blast outside Marriott hotel in central Islamabad Saturday evening local time.
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     A red dragonfly rests on a blade of a lotus flower at a lake on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura December 8, 2006.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

     

     

    A red dragonfly clings onto a branch at Salah Eddin park in Amman September 16, 2006. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo) 

  • Snowy HK Disneyland - [Global news]

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    Though snow can hardly be seen in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Disneyland has decorated itself as a snowy American town to celebrate the forthcoming Christmas.

     

  •     NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- A total of 134 runners will compete in the United States Olympic marathon team trials in New York on Nov. 3, including Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist.

        In the field, other famous runners are Khalid Khannouchi, American record holder and Alan Culpepper, who claimed the trial victory for the Athens Games.

        Culpepper, who finished 12th in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics, and Ryan Hall, the first U.S. athlete to run under an hour for the half-marathon distance will also compete.

        Two-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and Athens representative Dan Browne are both among the field.

        The prize money for the match is $250,000, and the champion will get 60,000 U.S. dollars.