Jumaat, 1 April 2011

The Star Online: World Updates

The Star Online: World Updates


Japan has no immediate plan to review 2020 climate goal - minister

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 07:39 AM PDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has no immediate plan to review its emission reduction pledge for 2020, the environment minister said on Friday, in the first official comment about the target after a nuclear crisis has boosted the country's need for power from fossil fuels.

"We'd like to maintain it (the target)," Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto was quoted as saying at a news conference by a ministry spokesman.

Japan's Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto gives a speech during a plenary session at the Moon Palace, where climate talks are taking place, in Cancun December 9, 2010. (REUTERS/Henry Romero/Files)

Earlier this week, Japan's Trade Minister Banri Kaieda said at a news conference that the question of whether Japan's 2020 pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels is viable or not is an issue to be addressed some time later.

Japan's nuclear crisis after the March 11 quake and tsunami stretched to three weeks with engineers still struggling to cool down the troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima, northeast Japan, and preventing radiation from leaking.

Climate delegates from almost 200 nations meet in Bangkok next week, the first U.N. meeting since environment ministers agreed a package last December in Mexico. The nuclear crisis is likely to overshadow the 2011 sessions about low-carbon energies.

(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Syrian forces beat protesters at mosque - witness

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 07:39 AM PDT

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian security forces and President Bashar al-Assad loyalists attacked protesters with batons as they left the Rifaii mosque in the Kfar Sousseh district of Damascus after Friday prayers, a witness said.

Around 200 worshippers chanted slogans in support of the southern city of Deraa, where protests erupted against Baathist rule two weeks ago.

At least six protesters were arrested and dozens where beaten as they made their way out of the mosque, the witness told Reuters by telephone from the mosque complex.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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