While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Dec 4 edition

Passionate young want climate deal that gives them brighter future

Thousands of youth delegates are at the Paris climate talks keen to shape an agreement that will have a major impact on their future.

Youth around the globe have been active in pushing for the world to become greener by shifting away from polluting fossil fuels. They also want a world with a fairer share of resources and economies that aren’t driven by policies that strip the globe of its natural wealth.

They see the talks as a great opportunity for their views to be heard and directly influence negotiators and world leaders.

The Straits Times meets five of them on the sidelines of the Paris climate talks.


California shooting suspects heavily armed, arsenal at home: Police

A young couple behind a mass shooting in California that left 14 dead had amassed a huge arsenal and carefully planned their attack, authorities said Thursday, refusing to rule out terrorism.

The suspects - Syed Farook, 28, and his 27-year-old wife Tashfeen Malik - were killed in a shootout with police after Wednesday's rampage at a holiday party in San Bernardino, about an hour's drive east of Los Angeles.

Police revised upwards to 21 the number of people injured in the attack - the deadliest in the United States since the 2012 massacre at a school in Connecticut that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.


US military to open all roles, including combat, to women

The US military will open up all positions – including front-line combat roles – to women, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday in a sweeping move that ends centuries of men-only tradition.

The historic step trumps a Marine Corps call for a partial exemption after it claimed mixed-gender combat units were not as effective as male groups.

“There will be no exceptions,” Carter said.


ISIS child soldiers kill captives in gruesome video

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Thursday posted online a gruesome video showing six of its child soldiers killing Syrian security forces held captive by the militants.

Titled "To the Sons of Jews," the slickly-produced video shows dozens of boys, who appeared to be about 10 years old, studying religious texts and learning hand-to-hand combat.

Six of the boys are chosen by their instructor to "send a message" to ISIS' opponents by executing security forces held by the group.


Pamela Anderson's back for last nude Playboy edition

Canadian model and actress Pamela Anderson is back in Playboy for the final "nude" edition before a redesign of the magazine as a "safe" publication.

Playboy on Thursday released teasers with photos of the lingerie-clad 48-year-old actress, who first appeared in the magazine in 1990.

Playboy announced in October it will stop publishing nude photos in its iconic magazine for men, throwing in the towel in the face of rampant online pornography.