Aviation industry to limit CO2 emissions
MONTREAL • After more than six years of negotiations, the global aviation industry has agreed to the first binding limits on carbon dioxide emissions, tackling the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas pollution. The proposed rules will apply to all new airplanes delivered after 2028.
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Twin births double in developed countries
PARIS • Twin births have almost doubled in developed countries in four decades, say researchers who cautioned about the health risks from an increase in "medically assisted reproduction" . Scientists say the rate of twin births nearly doubled in the United States from 9.5 twins per 1,000 deliveries in 1975 to 16.9 in 2011. They found similar trends in Britain, Germany, France, Denmark and South Korea.
Top court asked to rule on Zuma's spending
JOHANNESBURG • South African opposition parties have asked the country's top court to rule on whether President Jacob Zuma broke the law by spending 250 million rand (S$21.6 million) on a state-funded security upgrade to his home. The constitutional court will rule in the next few days if it will hear a case to decide whether a report from the anti-graft authority, accusing Mr Zuma of misusing state funds, was legally binding.