Teen girl faces charges of raising cash for ISIS
SYDNEY • A 16-year-old schoolgirl is set to be charged with raising money to support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), with police saying there is a disturbing trend of teenagers sending funds to terrorists overseas.
The teen was arrested in a western Sydney suburb on Monday along with a 20-year-old man. The man was in court yesterday on one charge of financing terrorism, and is due to appear in another Sydney court today.
Hurdles to talks won't deter Syrian opposition
GENEVA • Syria's main opposition said yesterday it would not be deterred by Damascus' refusal to discuss the fate of President Bashar al-Assad or being described as "foreign-backed terrorists" by the regime's lead negotiator, Mr Bashar al-Jaafari.
A consultant to the High Negotiations Committee opposition group, Mr Hisham Marwa, said these would not affect its decision to be engaged in a political process and to show a higher degree of responsibility and patience.
Man emitting record levels of carbon dioxide
PARIS • Humans are disgorging heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere 10 times faster than in any period of natural global warming in the past 66 million years, a new study shows. That rate far exceeds even a cataclysmic climate event 55.8 million years ago, and pushes humanity into uncharted and dangerous territory, said researchers in the study published in Nature Climate Change yesterday.