Durban, South Africa
Nations GATHER TODAY TO WEIGH CLIMATE CHANGE
Delegates from 194 nations will gather in Durban, South Africa, starting today to try to advance, if only incrementally, the world's response to climate change. The delegates will be addressing relatively small and, to many, arcane questions of process and finance. Negotiators, having entered the U.N. climate talks at Copenhagen, Denmark, two years ago with grand ambitions and having left with disillusion, are now defining expectations lower and hoping to keep the process alive through modest steps.
Mild earthquakes continue in Okla.
Oklahoma has been hit by nine small earthquakes since Nov. 21, most of them concentrated in the area just east of Oklahoma City, according to the National Earthquake Information Center. "It's been going on for quite a while," said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the Earthquake Center. "We don't know exactly why it occurs, but it doesn't indicate that anything huge and terrible is going to happen."
Hotel explosion kills 3, wounds 27
A powerful blast killed at least three people and wounded 27 in a hotel packed with wedding guests in the southern Philippines, officials said today. The explosion, suspected to have been caused by a bomb, ignited a fire that gutted the two-story Atilano Pension House in Zamboanga city late Sunday. Zamboanga, a predominantly Christian trading hub 540 miles south of Manila, is in a volatile region troubled by a decades-long Muslim insurgency, extortion gangs and kidnapping syndicates.
Congo: Election officials said Sunday that a national election would go ahead today, after a weekend of deadly clashes at political gatherings, reports of delayed ballots and fears that the vote could re-ignite conflict in the central African nation. It's the country's first election since 2006, the country's first democratic vote in 40 years.