The Dutch environmental agency published a report into mistakes in the 2007 assessment put out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The agency concluded that the science of climate change was sound, but found new errors in the IPCC’s work and said the public would benefit if the UN body explained the range of possible outcomes more clearly instead of concentrating on worst-case scenarios. Meanwhile, a report into the climategate controversy cleared the reputations of the scientists involved, but said they should have been less secretive about their work. 更多信息请访问：http://www.24en.com/
The controversy over the affairs of Liliane Bettencourt, the billionaire heiress of the L’Oréal empire, turned into a political scandal when an accountant claimed the Bettencourt family made illegal donations to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign. The Elysée later claimed that the accountant had recanted.
Hillary Clinton, the American secretary of state, completed a tour of eastern Europe and the Caucasus. She reassured Georgia of America’s support and said Russia must abide by its agreement to withdraw its troops to pre-war positions. She also urged Azerbaijan and Armenia not to use force in the conflict over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Kremlin’s response was low-key.
Despite softening his image, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, an ex-prime minister and brother of the late president, Lech Kaczynski, narrowly lost Poland’s presidential election to the lacklustre Bronislaw Komorowski, who is backed by Poland’s ruling centre-right Civic Platform party.
Russia moved Igor Sutyagin, a Russian nuclear expert jailed for 15 years in 2004 on charges of passing secrets to the West, to a prison in Moscow. His lawyer said a spy swap with America was being planned.
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America’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Arizona’s new law on illegal immigration, and asked for a court injunction to stop the legislation from coming into force on July 29th. Arizona’s governor signed the act in April, giving broad powers to the state’s police authorities to arrest migrants who cannot produce documentation to show they are in the United States legally.
Barack Obama went over the heads of senators, who are on a recess break, and used his presidential powers to appoint Donald Berwick to run the Medicare and Medicaid federal health-care programmes. His nomination had been held up by Republicans, who say he will ration health care.
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Barack Obama and Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, had a more cordial meeting in Washington than on the previous occasion, when the American president was angered by Israel’s refusal to stop building Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Mr Netanyahu said he would take unspecified “concrete steps” that could lead to direct talks between his government and the Palestinians.
Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Fadlallah, a spiritual mentor to Hizbullah, Lebanon’s Shia militia-cum-party, and to Iraq’s ruling Dawa party, died aged 74. In his later years he urged tolerance among the region’s many sects.
An oil tanker, from which local people were apparently taking petrol illegally, accidentally blew up in the eastern Congolese village of Sange, killing around 230 people.
At least 45 Iraqi Shia pilgrims, many of them on their way to a shrine, were killed in a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad.
China announced that it is to build an oil refinery in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, for $8 billion. It will be the first of three joint-venture refineries to operate under a $23 billion deal. Though a big oil exporter, Nigeria imports most of its petrol because it lacks refining capacity.
The opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party won nine of 12 governorships in Mexico’s state elections, the same number it held before the vote. The other three went to an improbable alliance of the ruling conservative National Action Party and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution.
Cuba said that it would free 52 political prisoners who were jailed in 2003. Spain’s foreign minister had travelled to the island to push for their release.
A French court sentenced Manuel Noriega, a former dictator of Panama, to seven years in jail for money laundering. He had previously served time in America on drug charges.
Ecuador’s president said that if Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president-elect, visited Ecuador he would be arrested, confirming that the arrest warrant for his involvement as defence minister in a 2008 cross-border raid on a guerrilla camp would be upheld.
Two suicide-bombers killed themselves and 43 other people in a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, barely a month after a similar attack on the mosque of a minority sect. The government has been roused to convene all the main political parties for a national anti-terrorism conference.
Protesters mobbed the UN’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka,trapping the staff inside for hours, to try to force the UN to drop its investigation of alleged war crimes committed last year in the final throes of the civil war. Meanwhile, the European Union suspended a preferential trade agreement on the ground that Sri Lanka is doing too little to implement conventions on human rights.
A court in Beijing sentenced an American citizen, Xue Feng, to eight years in prison on charges of disclosing “state secrets”, probably the locations of oil wells, to an American energy firm. Mr Xue says he could not have known they were considered to be secret.
Thailand’s prime minister extended the state of emergency that was called during protests in Bangkok in April. The rules allow for the arrest of suspects without charge, press censorship and the freezing of bank accounts.
For the first time in 57 years, Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, decided not to broadcast a sumo tournament in deference to viewers’ anger over the ancient sport’s latest scandal, in which dozens of wrestlers have been implicated in gambling on baseball and other crimes.