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In Copenhagen: The Guardian leaked a document known as the ‘Danish Text,‘ written by ‘the circle of commitment’ HwS(The US, UK, and Denmark). The document creates a rough outline for changes in climate policy that have offended the developing world and move away from the Kyoto Protocol. Instead of making rich countries responsible for financing emissions cuts, the World Bank would provide funds to developing nations on a conditional basis. In response, developing countries drafted another document to voice their concerns. They fear the Danish Text framework weakens th United Nations role in the debate, divides poorer countries into a new category of “the most vulnerable” to climate change, forces the developing world to adopt new standards, and would not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050- rich countries would be allowed 2.67 tonnes per person. The head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat Yvo de Boer tried to calm tempers by saying the Danish Text was outdated and irrelevant. “That text, and other texts that have been circulating, have not been on the table in a formal sense.”

National Public Radio higher-ups made a request to reporter Mara Liasson to stop appearing as a Fox News commentator, citing the political bias of the television network as cause for concern. Liasson, who joined Fox in 1997, was asked to watch the network for 30-days and gauge whether or not the network was growing increasingly partisan, but did not break her contract with Fox in the end.

Yesterday Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced that his country would delay a decision on the relocation of the American Futenma military facility in Okinawa, which the two countries discussed in 2006. The U.S. responded to this delay by putting off meetings that would strengthen U.S. ties to Japan until the fate of the base has been decided.The meetings were planned after Obama and Hatoyama met in November and, during a joint press conference, announced that bilateral cooperation between the countries would begin to extend past security issues to issues of public health and education.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced yesterday that 24% of power used by state and university buildings will be from solar and wind farms. The Governor is postioning the state as a major contract in Maryland’s small but growing renewable energy market. Last week, O’Malley made a decision to protect and re-build oyster sanctuaries in the Chesapeke Bay, which creates a symbiotic filtration and habitat system in the notoriously polluted body of water.  Read Governor O’Malley’s Clean Energy Announcement

Ugandan legislation threatening the death penalty for “active homosexuals” introduced last month has caused a chain of mixed reactions, including solidarity between gay activists and religious groups. While Uganda’s Ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo claims homosexuality “is not natural in Uganda,” he remains confident the death penalty clause will be repealed.  Critics say the aim is to divert attention from corruption and other political issues ahead of the 2011 national vote. Country reactions: Britain & Canada, Sweden, United States

Google has announced that it will post over 14,000 pictures of artifacts in the Iraqi National Museum online in early 2010. In 2003 the museum was ransacked during the Iraqi invasion. It contains objects from the Stone Age, as well as the Babylonian, Assyrian and Islamic period and will reopen to the public in February of 2010.

A total of 165 men and 39 women have been arrested in Iran for their part in Monday’s National Student Day anti-government protests. Intelligence ministry officials claim they have documents that prove specific students’ involvement, and that the government will inform the rest of countries students who is creating this “schism” so they can avoid the same fate.

Illinois lawmakers will review a proposal to sell the “largely vacant” Thompson Correctional Center to the federal government for the domestic detainment of terrorism suspects currently held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Drafted by Governor Pat Quinn’s administration, the proposal will go infront of a House-Senate panel on December 22nd. The Obama Administration expressed interest in the Thompson site in early November.

United Nations officials in Yemen say this will have to open a third camp to accommodate all of the internally displaced people fleeing the Saa’da province because of “Operation Scorched Earth”, the joint Saudi and Yemeni government offensive against Houthi rebels. The population of refugees has doubled in the past month.

After its citizens passed a medical marijuana law last month, the state of Maine held a task force panel discussion to determine “how, exactly, to help those with legitimate medical conditions get access to the drug without also making it easier for recreational users to buy” yesterday.

A Christie’s Old Masters and 19th Century auction set a category sales record in London last night.  This success comes during the first bounce-back in the art market since October 2008.

Raphael's sketch entitled "Head of Muse" sold for $47.9 million), the highest price ever paid for a drawing at auction.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean caused tsunamis that hit the South Pacific without warning, conjuring memories of 2004, when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean created a tsunami that destroyed parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and other countries.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean caused tsunamis that hit the South Pacific without warning, conjuring memories of 2004, when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean created a tsunami that destroyed parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and other countries.

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia—The tsunami aftermath, 2005.

Update: Over 500 dead in Sumatra after an earthquake hits the western Indonesian island. (BBC)

Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis unexpectedly resigns after exhausting months of government probes over the $130 billion in corporate acquisitions that led to the bank’s downfall during his tenure.

He’s drifting out to sea like a dying Eskimo, knowing the company can do better and thrive without him.” (Bloomberg)

The troubled bank — which has more than tripled in size since Lewis took over in 2001 — has yet to name a successor. (FT)

Democratic rep Alan Grayson (FL) refuses to apologize to the Minority leader after claiming Republicans “want you to die quickly” during a House chamber health care debate yesterday. (WaPo)

The Romanian government collapses, after the leftist Social Democrat Party resigns in protest to the firing of their interior minister. The country — recession-hit and already dependent on the IMF to pay industrial sector salaries — was poised to get an extra $27 billion emergency aid. Slim chance. (BBC)

New York State is facing a Medicaid crises.  It expanded its program when other states cut back and, as a result, it will need to fill a $5 billion budget gap that will arise when temp federal Medicaid funding expires in 2010. And yes, health care costs are hurting us here too. (Buffalo News)

Police clashed with members of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) when talks over land use with President Rafael Correa collapsed after 8 hours. Police claim 28 of their  fellows were injured while Conaie claims that two of its people were killed. To note:  Conaie has helped oust Presidents in their country before, in 2000 and 2005. (Al Jazeera)

Owners at L.A.’s hundreds of marijuana dispensaries call their sales “donations” ($45 an eighth), because state law requires their stores to operate as nonprofit collectives. But critics — police, the district attorney and the newly elected city attorney — insist these are bonafide sales, and that pot sales remain illegal under state law. (LAT)

U.S. opens talks with the Myanmar military junta to push democracy. (Bloomberg)

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