While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 13 edition

Global climate conference adopts historic deal

After more than two decades of fraught negotiations, delegates from nearly 200 nations agreed a historic deal on Saturday to step up global efforts to fight climate change to try to limit escalating damage from weather extremes and rising seas.

It also sets the world on a path to shift away from polluting fossil fuels towards renewable energy as well as more efficient buildings and transport.

Negotiators worked for two weeks at the UN-led talks in Paris, often late into the night, to overcome deep differences.


High-level inter-Korean talks fail to reach agreement

Two days of rare, high-level talks between North and South Korea aimed at easing cross-border tensions broke up on Saturday with no agreement and no set date for further discussions.

South Korea's chief delegate, Hwang Boo-Gi, suggested North Korean intransigence over what issues could be discussed had contributed to the failure of the meeting in the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone.

He also said it was Pyongyang which had rejected the idea of resuming the dialogue next week.


Football: England to clash with Wales at Euro 2016

The Euro 2016 draw on Saturday pitted England against Wales and Germany against Poland in two spotlight groups at the championships.

The British nations who have never met at an international tournament will clash in Group B – playing each other at Lens on June 16. The group also features Russia and Slovakia.

World Cup winners Germany head Group C and will have to take on Poland, Northern Ireland and Ukraine.


Israeli PM's dog in quarantine after biting two people

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's dog has been taken into quarantine after biting two people, the PM himself said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

The incident happened during a Hanukkah candle-lighting party, Netanyahu said.

He said the family had to give up the 10-year-old dog, which they adopted in July, for a 10-day assessment of its behaviour as required under Israeli law.


Lucky escape as metal beam smashes through windscreen

A driver had a miraculous escape after a huge metal beam smashed through the front windscreen of his car, missing his head by inches.

The beam fell from the back of a truck as the driver was travelling in his BMW near San Jose in the US just after 2pm, fire department spokesman Captain Christopher Salcido told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The driver managed to pull over to the side of the road and was able to walk away from the accident.