Monday, November 9, 2009
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Brad Dubbelman.
British Finance Minister Alistair Darling urged his Group of 20 (G20) counterparts at the weekend to work toward a $100-billion deal to tackle climate change, but developing nations insisted that they did not want to talk about it.
At the third meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers this year in St Andrews, Scotland, Britain was determined to push forward on an ambitious target to meet the costs of climate change by 2020, ahead of a major environmental summit in Copenhagen next month.
Darling says that an absence of agreement on financing will make agreement in Copenhagen much more difficult. But there appeared to be little chance of a breakthrough with many emerging countries questioning whether it should even be a topic of discussion at the forum of leading economies.
Darling admits that the chances of agreeing on a figure at the weekend's meeting on the cost of climate change was unlikely but said that some advance had to be made to send the right signal.
The head of a United Nations (UN) investigation that accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, Richard Goldstone, has said that he is disappointed with the US's "lukewarm" reaction to his findings.
The report by Goldstone, a South African jurist, lambasted both sides in the December to January war, but was harsher toward Israel.
The report gave Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants six months to mount credible investigations or face possible prosecution in The Hague. Both Israel and Hamas have denied committing war crimes.
Commenting on the US's unenthusiastic reaction, along with Israel's violent reaction to the UN Human Rights Commission report, Goldstone said that he had hoped the call to take legal steps and pursue people at a national level would fall on more open ears.
The Ministry of Police confirmed at the weekend that African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema's life is in danger and that VIP protection guards will now guard him around the clock to ensure his safety.
Spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said that a threat analysis conducted by Crime Intelligence officers revealed that the ANCYL leader needs to be protected.
National ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu says that prominent leaders of political parties are entitled to VIP protection as and when their personal lives are under threat. He added that reactions by the opposition Democratic Alliance and the Independent Democrats to the matter, calling State funding for Malema's protection "ridiculous", were "outrageous and insensitive".
Also making headlines:
The International Monetary Fund warns the Group of 20 against cutting economic support too fast.
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai vows to remain in the country's power-sharing government.
China is to boost aid to Africa as continental ties flourish.
And, the African Union keeps its Madagascar suspension despite a new power-sharing deal.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.