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Another year, another
record level for greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere,
according to the World Mete-
The organisation reported
this week that the level of
greenhouse gases detected in
the air around the world in 2012
topped the previous record, set
the year before. It continues
"an upward and accelerating
trend," it said. Greenhouse gases
haven't been this high in at least
800,000 years and will con-
tinue climbing unless something
is done soon to curb emissions
from burning fossil fuels, the
agency said Wednesday.
Despite worldwide attention
to the issue of global climate
change, the pace at which car-
bon dioxide is being added to
the atmosphere appeared to
increase in 2012 and is now
141% of the pre-industrial level,
the group said. "The observa-
tions from WMO's extensive
Global Atmosphere Watch net-
work highlight yet again how
heat-trapping gases from
human activities have upset the
natural balance of our atmos-
phere and are a major contri-
bution to climate change,"
WMO Secretary. (CNN)
New greenhouse gas record set
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob
Ford has apologised for a video
of him making threats to commit
"first-degree murder" against
an unknown person.
The leader of Canada's biggest
city told reporters he had been
"extremely inebriated" in the clip,
which shows him apparently
blowing off steam.
It is the latest video controversy
to engulf the mayor, who admitted
this week having smoked crack
Councillors are stepping up
their calls for Mr Ford, 44, to
The latest footage looks as
though it was secretly filmed on
a mobile phone.
An agitated Mr Ford paces a
room gesticulating during a foul-
The context of the clip is not
clear, nor is the target of Mr Ford's
He vows to rip out the person's
throat, poke out his eyes and
ensure his victim is dead.
The mayor appears upset at
someone who has called him and
his brothers "liars, thieves".
"No hold barred, brother," Ford
says in a raised voice. "He dies
or I die."
An off-camera voice eggs on
Ford, saying: "Mike Tyson!"
After viewing the clip outside
his office yesterday, Ford told
reporters: "It's extremely embar-
rassing and I don't know what to
"I hope none of you have ever
or will ever be in that state," the
mayor told members of the media.
"The whole world is going to
see it," he said of the clip.
Allegations of drug use by Ford
surfaced in May when journalists
reported seeing footage of him
smoking crack cocaine.
After months of ducking the
question, Ford acknowledged on
Tuesday for the first time that he
had taken the drug "probably a
year ago" while in a "drunken
He said he was "embarrassed"
by his behaviour, but vowed to
run for re-election.
The mayor has not been
charged, but city police chief Bill
Blair has said authorities are in
possession of a video that appar-
ently shows Mr Ford smoking
On Sunday, Ford admitted on
his radio show that he had a
He acknowledged having been
"hammered" at a street festival
in August and "out of control"
drunk at city hall during St
Patrick's Day celebrations last
Ford's allies on the city council
say they have lost confidence in
But officials in North America's
fourth largest city cannot legally
remove the mayor unless he is
convicted of a crime.
City Councillor Denzil Min-
nan-Wong, a member of Ford's
executive committee, said on
Thursday he would amend a
motion he has filed for the city
leader to take leave of absence.
"Quite frankly extraordinary
measures are needed in extraor-
dinary times," Councillor Min-
"This situation is deteriorating,
it's not going away." (BBC)
City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
addresses the media outside
office in Toronto on yesterday,
after the release of a video.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
in video murder rant
The commander of the M23 rebel group in
the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has
surrendered in Uganda, sources have told the
Sultani Makenga is said to have handed himself
over along with hundreds of M23 fighters in the
Mgahinga National Park.
A Ugandan spokesman said no decision had
yet been made on whether he would be handed
over to DR Congo.
Earlier this week the M23 said it was ending
its insurgency, hours after the DR Congo gov-
ernment claimed victory.
Reports say Col Makenga and about 1,700
fighters have been disarmed and are being held
in a secret location.
He is wanted back home for war crimes for
his leadership of the rebellion and is also under
A Ugandan government spokesperson told the
BBC a decision on whether to hand him over
would have to wait until a peace deal is signed
between DR Congo and the M23 rebels, which
is expected this weekend.
Both DR Congo and the UN are adamant that
the M23's top commanders will not be given
amnesty, our correspondent says.
Uganda has been hosting peace talks between
the rebels and the DR Congo government. (BBC)
DR Congo's M23 rebel
Swiss scientists have confirmed that tests
show the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
had high levels of radioactive polonium in his
However, they could not say whether polonium
poisoning had caused his death in 2004.
Their report concluded that Arafat's remains
showed levels of polonium 18 times higher than
Arafat's widow, Suha, has reaffirmed to the
BBC her belief that their report proves he was
But she said she could not directly accuse
anyone, saying that he had many enemies around
The Swiss scientists were extremely cautious
about their findings.
Testing for polonium 210 so many years after
Yasser Arafat's death is fraught with difficulties.
It is a very unstable element, with a half-life
of 138 days.
That means after four months, the amount
of polonium in a sample would have halved;
after a year there would be just one eighth of
the original amount; and after the eight years
since Arafat died, there would be a vanishingly
small fraction remaining.
This adds huge levels of uncertainty to any
findings---as does the fact that polonium is also
found naturally in the soil and air.
up to receive
against polio at
one of the Syrian
refugee camps in
the southern port
city of Sidon,
outbreak of the
which hosts more
said it would
children under age
five. AP PHOTO
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