WORLD IN BRIEF

WORLD IN BRIEF

Saturday, April 5, 2008

THAILAND

Agreement Reached at Climate Talks

Climate negotiators in Bangkok agreed Saturday on an ambitious agenda for talks they hope will lead to a global warming pact, overcoming a dispute between Japan and developing countries on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement requires negotiators to settle contentious issues, including how countries will cut emissions. Delegates welcomed the accord but warned that significant differences remain over demands from the United States and Japan for developing countries to accept binding targets as part of a pact to stabilize greenhouse gases in the next 10 to 15 years and cut them in half by 2050.

EGYPT

More Muslim Brotherhood Arrests

Egyptian security forces detained 30 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Friday, just days ahead of Egypt's local council elections. Among those arrested was a member of the group's governing guidance office, the group said.

The detentions add to a growing crackdown that has seen more than 300 members of the country's most powerful opposition group picked up this week ahead of Tuesday's vote. The Brotherhood -- a group that says it seeks an Islamic state through nonviolent and democratic means -- is vying for seats against Egypt's ruling party.

Egyptian security sources confirmed the arrests.

THE WEST BANK

Jailed Palestinian Gunmen Escape

A dozen Islamist fighters who had agreed to serve jail time as a way to get taken off Israel's wanted list escaped from a Palestinian prison in the West Bank late Friday, alleging that guards beat them.

The 12 members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fled after masked guards at the Palestinian government's Jneid prison began to pummel them with clubs following a fight among the detainees, the escapees' leader, Mahdi Abu Ghazaleh, said by telephone.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an offshoot of the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is blamed for the deaths of more than 1,100 Israelis.

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U.S., North Korean Nuclear Negotiators to Meet

U.S. and North Korean nuclear negotiators will meet Monday in Singapore to try to advance stalled six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear program, Japan's Kyodo News agency reported.

Work Begins on 'Anne Frank Tree'

Preservation work has begun on the monumental chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she and her family were hiding from the Nazis. The tree, which has a lethal fungus, was to have been cut down last year, but a judge ordered a last-minute reprieve.

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