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Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn

Science
UN climate talks in Bonn have concluded with progress on technical issues, but with bigger questions about cutting carbon unresolved. Delegates say they are pleased that the rulebook for the Paris climate agreement is finally coming together. But these technical discussions took place against the backdrop of a larger battle about coal, oil and gas. It means that next year's conference in Poland is set for a major showdown on the future of fossil fuels.This meeting, known as COP23, was tasked with clarifying complex operational issues around the workings of the Paris climate agreement. One of the most important elements was the development of a process that would help countries to review and ratchet up their commitments to cut carbon.Fiji, holding the presidency of this meeting, proposed wh...
Strictly Come Dancing: Behind the scenes in Blackpool

Strictly Come Dancing: Behind the scenes in Blackpool

Entertainment
There's a fibreglass donkey in the corridor, and someone's moving a glittery model tram across Blackpool's Tower Ballroom. Paralympian Jonnie Peacock is eating chips in the canteen with Mollie King from The Saturdays, and Holby City's Joe McFadden is looking for the physio in the rabbit warren that is the ballroom's backstage area (he'll eventually find him in a repurposed toilet cubicle). Meanwhile - past host Claudia Winkleman's dressing room and the row of clothes for the four judges - there is the thrum of sewing machines coming from the wardrobe department.Thirteen people are busy working away inside. Among them are costumiers hand-sewing tiny emerald green crystals onto a dancer's outfit. It can only mean one thing - Strictly Come Dancing has hit Blackpool for its annual special.Ther...
Fiji shock New Zealand to make World Cup last four

Fiji shock New Zealand to make World Cup last four

Sports
Rugby League World Cup quarter-finalNew Zealand: (0) 2Goals: Johnson Fiji: (2) 4Goals: Koroisau, MilneFiji will play Australia in the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup after winning a tense and scrappy match against New Zealand in Wellington.Fiji dominated the opening half but only had two points from a Apisai Koroisau penalty at the break.Shaun Johnson levelled before Taane Milne scored the decisive points with another penalty after 62 minutes.It was a shock result but a deserved one in what was only the second try-less match in World Cup history.Earlier, Tonga survived a major scare to beat Lebanon 24-22 in a thrilling match in Christchurch.Punching through the glass ceilingAustralia, New Zealand and England are the three established tier one teams in rugby league - but there is...
President under pressure as Zimbabweans protest

President under pressure as Zimbabweans protest

World
Crowds have gathered on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital to demand Robert Mugabe's four decades of power come to an end.Thousands of people have been singing, dancing and waving flags at the colourful gathering in Harare - and the event has been approved by the military.Some carried posters with an image of the military commander who placed the President under house arrest earlier this week, along with the slogan: "Go, go, our general!!!"Image:Anti-Mugabe marchers claim Zimbabweans have been suffering for a long timeOne opponent of Mr Mugabe, who at 93 is the world's oldest head of state, described the upheaval as "like Christmas".Another marcher, Frank Mutsindikwa, told Reuters: "These are tears of joy. I've been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last."The ra...
Investors are pouring money into cyber-security sector

Investors are pouring money into cyber-security sector

Finance
Data breaches such as Equifax's recent hacking scandal are a nightmare for hundreds of millions of consumers. They do, however, offer lucrative opportunities for niche investors and venture capitalists who are banking on the ability of new cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data protection technologies to solve one of the world's largest evolving problems."Security is one of the best near- to mid-term market segments to be in," said venture capitalist Rick Grinnell, who began investing in early stage cybersecurity and artificial intelligence firms more than 15 years ago and now operates his own venture capital firm, Glasswing Ventures.Venture capital firms invested $ 3.1 billion in nearly 300 cybersecurity startups in 2016, according to research firm CB Insights. Top-funded, privat...