While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 12 edition

China backs climate pact, digs in heels on key issues at last minute

China called on Friday for an ambitious global climate agreement as UN-led talks in Paris neared their final hours, but Beijing also dug in its heels on several key issues, ratcheting up the tension among weary negotiators.

In a clear message to the US and other developed nations, a spokesman for the China delegation said it was crucial the final agreement recognised the different roles and responsibilities of rich and poor nations, a concept called differentiation.

The split between rich and poor has been a major dispute in UN-led climate talks for over two decades and has hampered progress towards a global climate deal involving all nations.


Trump website hit as Anonymous lashes out at mogul

The website for Trump Towers, Donald Trump's glitzy signature skyscraper in Manhattan, went offline for at least an hour on Friday after activist hacking group Anonymous denounced the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner for his anti-Muslim comments.

The website for the 68-storey Trump Towers (trumptowerny.com), often used for his presidential campaign, was down after a tweet from an account associated with the anonymous hacking collective that said: "Trump Towers NY site taken down as statement against racism and hatred.www.trumptowerny.com/(what you see is cloudflare offline backup)".


'Sexy' Mr Claus heats up Mexico's Christmas

Some women want to sit in his lap, others are appalled by his "hipster" look. One thing's for sure, a department store's fashionable "Mr Claus" is heating Christmas up in Mexico.

The upmarket Palacio de Hierro has caused a social media storm since its slimmed-down version of Santa Claus appeared on giant billboards across the mega-city.

"It's official, I have recovered my faith and Christmas spirit," tweeted @IamPinkMystery, while @Daflette asked: "At which @palaciohierro will #MrClaus be so I can go sit in his lap and tell him what I want?"


Banksy paints Steve Jobs at refugee camp in France

British artist Banksy has put the refugee crisis at the centre of his latest series of works - painting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on the wall of a refugee camp in France.

The mural, at the sprawling makeshift migrant camp known as the Jungle, features Steve Jobs carrying one of Apple's early computers and a bin bag.

In a statement, Banksy said that Apple – one of the world’s most successful brands – wouldn’t exist without the work of a refugee - Jobs' dad from Homs in Syria.


Star Wars role feels 'very odd' for star Daisy Ridley

When the much-anticipated Star Wars film opens next week, little-known British actress Daisy Ridley will undoubtedly become one of the most recognised faces in the world.

The 23-year-old plays scavenger Rey in The Force Awakens, a central character in the sci-fi movie.

But the reality of getting such a coveted role has not yet sunk in for the actress, whose past credits include a few television series appearances.