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U.S. confirms climate plan; Maliki lashes out at critics; U.N. trims blacklist

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ENVIRONMENT

U.S. reaffirms goal on carbon emissions

The United States assured international negotiators Monday that it remains committed to reducing carbon emissions over the next 10 years, despite the collapse of efforts to legislate a climate bill.

U.S. delegate Jonathan Pershing told a climate conference in Bonn, Germany, that Washington is not backing away from President Obama's pledge to cut emissions 17 percent from 2005 levels.

Pershing said that legislation is the preferred way to control greenhouse gases but that the administration "will use all the tools available" to reach its target.

Obama made the pledge at a climate summit in Copenhagen last December and affirmed it in a formal note to the U.N. climate secretariat. At the time, the U.S. House had passed a climate bill and the Senate had been broadly expected to follow suit.

-- Associated Press

IRAQ

Maliki lashes out at his critics

Iraq's prime minister warned Monday that his critics want to install a weak leader that would leave the nation riven by sectarian divisions and prey to local warlords.

Nouri al-Maliki's comments, airing late Monday on state-run television, came just hours after President Obama promised again to remove all but 50,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the month.

They also came on a day when a dozen Iraqis were killed in bombings and drive-by shootings across the country -- underscoring widespread fears that insurgents are taking advantage of the political impasse caused by March's inconclusive parliamentary elections, which failed to produce a clear winner.


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