China expresses firm opposition to U.S. resolution on Liu Xiaobo
China has expressed its firm opposition to a U.S. congressional resolution on Liu Xiaobo.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution that congratulates Liu Xiaobo for winning the Nobel Peace Prize and calls on China to release him.
Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2009, after a Beijing court convicted him of violating Chinese law and engaging in activities aimed at overthrowing the government.
Is Cancun another Copenhagen?
The UN Climate Change talks in Cancun is set to draw to a close with negotiators hammering out a way through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program, also known as REDD Plus.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the deal to prevent deforestation, regarded as one of the biggest potential deals in Cancun, is now within reach.
However, fundamental divisions remain, mostly over the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
Canada and Russia have joined Japan in saying that they won't extend the Kyoto Protocol past 2012 unless poorer nations also commit to emission reductions.
The Chinese insist developed countries have to take the lead on emission reductions.
China urges calm on Korean Peninsula again
The Chinese government is now rebutting criticism of its policy on the Korean Peninsula.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu says the situation in the region is very sensitive and complex, and if not handled properly, it will lead to the escalation of tensions.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo has met with North Korea's top leadership.
It is being reported that the two sides have now come to a consensus on both their bilateral relationship and the current situation on the Korean peninsula.
Clashes as UK parliament votes for student fee rise
Protesters have fought running battles with police in central London after Parliament approved the plan to triple university fees to 9,000 pounds a year.
Police condemned the protests as "wanton vandalism." 10 officers and 38 protesters were injured, while 15 people were arrested.
Demonstrators broke down a door into the British Treasury and fought with police who were inside the building.
They chanted "we want our money back" as they clashed with officers before being driven back.
"I'm not surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised at all."
"I think, you know, built into that is, you know, the fact that everybody wants to carry on opposing all of the cuts, not just the ones to education."
Prince Charles’s car was attacked by protesters. Clarence House, confirmed the attack but said "their royal highnesses are unharmed."
U.S. threatens sanctions against Cote d'Ivoire over election dispute
The United States is threatening to take action against the Ivory Coast over its election dispute.
Cote d'Ivoire face possible sanctions which will isolate the country.
Laurent Gbagbo is backed by the country's Constitutional Council, after the original winner - Alasssane Ouattra's result was annulled - amid accusations of voting fraud.
Both candidates swore themselves in as President and both announced new governments.
The international community, including the African Union, the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the US and France, have all endorsed the election of Ouattara - urging Gbagbo to hand over power.
China has also announced it's support of Alassane Ouattra as President elect.
The African Union, the AU has suspended the membership of Cote D'Ivoire.
Haiti officials to re-count disputed election, chaos continues
Haiti's electoral council says it will re-count the vote in the disputed election with the three leading candidates present to monitor the counting.
The decision follows rioting sparked by the announcement that government-backed candidate Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat were poised to enter a January runoff, while popular singer Michel Martelly had been narrowly eliminated.
Meanwhile, chaos on the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince continues.
National emergency declared in Panama over flooding
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has declared a national emergency after heavy rains and flooding killed 10 people and displaced over 1,500.
The dam of Bayano power plant almost burst when the water level reached its maximum capacity of 63 meters. The power plant generates 10 percent of the country's electricity.
The president said AES Panama, which administrates the dam, must be held accountable for the damage.
The National System of Civil Protection, ministries and security organizations of this country will deliver humanitarian aid, including water, food, mattresses, clothing and medicines, to the disaster area.
45 flooding communities in Australia declared natural disaster zones
45 local government areas in Australia have been declared natural disaster zones due to severe flooding across New South Wales and Queensland.
Victoria and South Australia are also on high alert for thunderstorms and heavy rain.
The Australian Defense Force is providing local support in affected area like Queanbeyan and Wagga Wagga of New South Wales.