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  • Rescuers search for victims in the debris of a hospital after the earthquake in Dujiangyan, China (AP).

    Thousands of Chinese troops are set to join a frantic search for earthquake survivors on Wednesday, with prospects looking increasingly grim for thousands of people buried under rubble and mud.

  • Rescuers search for victims in the debris of a hospital after the earthquake in Dujiangyan, China (AP).

    China's most devastating earthquake in three decades killed more than 12,000 people with the toll likely to soar after state media said on Tuesday nearly 19,000 were buried under rubble in one city alone.

  • Faced with melting polar ice caps and worsening droughts, climate experts at a massive U.N. conference Monday urged quick action toward a new international pact stemming an increasingly destructive rise in world temperatures. 

  • About 190 nations met on Monday under pressure to sharpen the fight against climate change by involving outsiders such as the United States to China in a long-term U.N.-led pact.

  • If your weekend reading didn't include the New York Times, you may have missed the latest findings from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report received space in newsprint  but not nearly enough to equal the weightiness of this important report.

  • The United Kingdom is one of five trillion-dollar economies in western Europe. Its economic strength has allowed it to remain independent of the European Union, and public opinion polls have shown steady, substantial opposition to abandoning the pound for the euro.

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    Former US Vice President Al Gore and the UN climate panel shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for raising awareness of the threat of global warming.

  • U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari met U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday after a four-day visit to Myanmar in which he secured the junta's agreement to meet pro-democracy figure Aung San Suu Kyi.

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    President Bush's speech at the UN today was notable for a couple of reasons--not merely the fact that he ostentatiously rolled his R's in referring to Peru and Morocco. He declined to rise to the provocative rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He didn't want to make the Iranian leader the focus of his speech.

  • Oil Barrels

    David Kirsch, market intelligence service manager for PFC Energy, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he expects oil to trade at $65 to $70 a barrel throughout the summer.

  • The permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with Germany, meet today in London to discuss tougher sanctions on Iran.

  • U.S. crude futures rose on Thursday, snapping a four-day losing streak after government data showed a huge crude stock drawdown last week which extended a decline in supplies for the fifth week in a row.

  • Oil prices eased on Wednesday, extending losses of more than a dollar from the previous session, as mild weather in major consuming nations slashed demand for heating fuel.

  • Oil fell more than a dollar, extending losses from last week, as mild weather in the  United States curbed demand for winter fuel.