World & Nation in 60 Seconds the World the Nation

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China praises climate talks:

BEIJING u China lauded Sunday the outcome of a historic U.N. climate conference that ended with a nonbinding agreement that urges major polluters to make deeper emissions cuts u but does not require it. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said the U.N. climate talks produced "significant and positive" results.

Drug lord's death confirmed:

CULIACAN, Mexico u Genetic testing has confirmed that a man killed in a shootout last week with marines was drug cartel leader Arturo Beltran Leyva, the Mexican government said Sunday as a swanky but heavily guarded memorial service for the fallen capo took place in this drug-plagued northern city.

Astronauts blast off in Russia:

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan u A Russian rocket blasted off in Kazakhstan lighting up the frigid Central Asian steppe Monday, shuttling an American, a Russian and a Japanese to the International Space Station. The astronauts will take the orbiting laboratory's permanent crew to five following the early-hours launch.

India-flagged ship adrift:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska u An India-flagged freighter with a failed engine was adrift Sunday in the North Pacific, being tossed about by stormy seas, the Coast Guard said. The 28 crew members aboard the 740-foot APJ Suryavir planned to abandon ship and board a Samaritan freighter expected to arrive today.

Iraq regains oil well from Iran:

BAGHDAD u Iraq took back an oil well from Iranian forces and tentatively approved a lucrative oil deal with foreign investors in separate steps Sunday. The peaceful end of the standoff at well No. 4 at the southern al-Fakkah oil field capped a tense weekend between Iraq and Iran, uneasy allies that were once at war.

Egypt wants Nefertiti bust:

CAIRO u Egypt's antiquities chief said Sunday he will demand return of the 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti from a Berlin museum after confirming it was sneaked out of Cairo through fraudulent documents. Zahi Hawass has been campaigning to reclaim treasures he says were stolen from Egypt and sold to museums.

U.S. spy plan over Venezuela?

CARACAS, Venezuela u An unmanned U.S. spy plane recently violated Venezuela's airspace and the military has been ordered to shoot down any such aircraft if it happens again, President Hugo Chavez said Sunday. He said the plane overflew a military base. "These are the Yankees," he said.

Channel train service halted:

LONDON u The only passenger rail link between Britain and the rest of Europe has been shut down indefinitely, Eurostar said Sunday. Services have been suspended since Friday, when a series of glitches stranded five trains inside the Channel Tunnel and trapped more than 2,000 passengers for hours.

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