PHILIPPINES-MASSACRE: The Philippine government says forcesloyal to a powerful Muslim clan in the south have engaged federal troops in a gunfight.
Presidential press secretary Cerge Remonde said Monday there were no casualties in the clash in southern Maguindanao province, which is under martial law. He said a firefight took place Sunday evening in Datu Unsay township, near the site of the November 23 killing of 57 people traveling in an election convoy.
Thousands of troops have taken control of the province to crack down on the powerful Ampatuan clan. That family is accused of planning the election-related massacre. Philippine troops have arrested at least 68 people with suspected links to the Ampatuan family.
NOKOR NUCLEAR: A U.S. envoy met with South Korean officials Monday, before his visit to North Korea for the first one-on-one talks between Washington and Pyongyang since U.S. President Barack Obama took office. Stephen Bosworth met in Seoul with South Korea's six party talks negotiator Wi Sung-lac ahead of his trip to North Korea on Tuesday. He also is to see the South Korean foreign minister before his trip. Bosworth is seeking North Korea's return to the six-party disarmament talks.The world's largest international conference on climate change has
opened in Copenhagen, with representatives from more than 190 nations
seeking a new agreement to halt global warming.
CLIMATE CONFERENCE: The two-week conference opened Monday, with many attendees seeking controls on carbon emissions that have been linked to climate change. One top U.N. official has called for $30 billion in aid to help poor countries with efforts to lessen their emissions. United Nations climate chief Yvo de Boer described emergency funding from wealthy nations -- a proposal endorsed by the European Union -- as an "urgent need."
Pre-summit talks have failed to produce consensus on how much rich nations should contribute to helping poorer countries develop clean industries. Developing nations also are demanding that rich countries commit to far deeper emission cuts than previously declared.Police in northwest Pakistan say a suicide bomber has killed at least seven people and wounded several others.
PAKISTAN:Police in northwest Pakistan say a suicide bomber has killed at least seven people and wounded several others. Authorities say the bomber blew himself up Monday after security officials stopped him from entering a courthouse in Peshawar.
Militants in Pakistan have killed hundreds of people in bombings since military forces launched a major offensive in the South Waziristan tribal region two months ago. Many of these attacks have targeted Peshawar, including a bomb blast late last month that ripped through a police vehicle and killed three police officers.
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