Hope for Paris sum­mit on warm­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

PARIS: Gov­ern­ments have made a “very sig­nif­i­cant first step” to rein in cli­mate change with na­tional plans for ac­tion, but more than 30 core ques­tions re­main un­solved be­fore a sum­mit on global warm­ing starts in Paris on Novem­ber 30, a French doc­u­ment shows.

The doc­u­ment, pre­pared for an in­for­mal meet­ing of about 60 min­is­ters from around the world in Paris next week and seen by Reuters, high­lights prob­lems such as how to in­crease fi­nance to help de­vel­op­ing na­tions cope with cli­mate change, set long- term goals to limit warm­ing or how to re­view na­tional plans for ac­tion

‘Cheeky’ Benin pa­per put on ice

COTONOU: The me­dia reg­u­la­tor in the west African coun­try of Benin has sus­pended the main pri­vate news­pa­per Le Mati­nal for al­legedly in­sult­ing Pres­i­dent Boni Yayi.

The or­der by the au­dio­vi­sual and communications author­ity said the news­pa­per broke sev­eral sec­tions of its code and stopped it from print­ing pend­ing a hear­ing, the date of which has yet to be an­nounced.

The or­der has been crit­i­cised by other news­pa­pers and by op­po­si­tion politi­cians in a coun­try that has a largely free press and is cred­ited as a pioneer of multi-party democ­racy in Africa.

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