Thursday, December 17, 2009

Morning news brief from 770KKOB

Climate aid pledge
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pledging that the U.S. will join other rich countries in raising $100 billion in yearly climate financing for poor countries by 2020. At the U.N. talks in Copenhagen, Clinton says the financing is contingent on world leaders reaching a climate deal. Talks have been deadlocked over disputes between rich and poor countries over emissions cuts and financing.

Suspending foreclosures
Citigroup says it's suspending foreclosures and evictions for 30 days. The holiday reprieve should help some 2,000 homeowners with scheduled foreclosure sales and another 2,000 due to receive foreclosure notices.

Yemen vs. al-Qaida
Authorities in Yemen are claiming a pair of victories against al-Qaida operatives. A security official says airstrikes followed by a ground operation targeting a training camp killed 30 suspected militants. Separately, the Interior Ministry says four would-be suicide bombers were killed in an operation northeast of the capital and 17 suspected militants were arrested.

Suicide attack in Russia
A suicide attacker has struck in Russia's North Caucasus. An Interior Ministry official says the attacker drove a car into a group of police officers at a busy intersection and detonated his explosives. At least 11 officers were injured and some are reported in grave condition. Some civilians were also hurt.

Going home
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has finally left the hospital in Milan. He's been there since being attacked by a mentally ill man at a political rally four days ago. Berlusconi left with his face bandaged. His nose and two teeth were broken and his face and lips cut in the attack.

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