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Global highlights of the week

Press Trust of India 

Copenhagen: India will not agree to a concept of "peaking" year as there is a huge backlog of development in expanding rural electricity in the country, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh says, as he rules out compromise on previously stated "red lines".

Washington: US President Barack Obama says Pakistan must cooperate more fully with the United States to go after and wipe out Al-Qaeda.

Copenhagen: As the 12-day climate meet reaches its half-way mark, tens of thousands of activists,including Indian actor Rahul Bose, take to the streets demanding a strong treaty to tackle global warming, a rally that also saw sporadic violence and detention of 968 people.

Johannesburg: Gibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino is crowned Miss World 2009 in a glittering gala event, but Miss India Pooja Chopra got some of the loudest applause for bravely taking on the contest despite a broken ankle.

Copenhagen: Disappointed with some of the stiff conditions in the climate change draft treaty, India in close co-ordination with China and several countries including from Africa, prepare an integrated document emphasising on "equitable access" to atmospheric space for all.

Copenhagen: India and three other members of the BASIC group briefly walk out of negotiations at the climate summit, apparently unhappy that enough focus was not being given to the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol that puts obligations on developed nations to undertake emission cuts.

Chicago: An attack on India's National Defence College is discussed by suspected LeT operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who offer praise for the terror outfit LeT and said he "appreciates them from heart", US prosecutors allege.

Copenhagen: The US demands "adequate transparency" from major developing countries on their national carbon emission reduction targets, saying this was a "key part of the agreement" being worked out.

Chicago: Terror suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana is denied bail by a federal judge who says there is a "risk" that he could flee the country if released on bail.

Washington: Making it clear that he is not working on the Kashmir problem, US special envoy for Af-Pak Richard Holbrooke insists that his mandate does not cover the issue, though he keeps India closely informed about his effort in the region where the country is a "hugely important factor".

First Published: Sat, December 19 2009. 14:22 IST