In brief: U.S. and Yemen discuss detainees
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is in talks with Yemeni officials to set up a detention facility outside their capital to hold dozens of terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan, U.S. and Yemeni officials say.
The plan affects only Yemeni prisoners but is considered key to a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison camp built at the U.S. naval base in Cuba after the 2001 terrorist attacks, a vow he repeated this week. More than half of the 164 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen.
Yemeni officials have drawn up preliminary plans for the facility outside the capital, Sanaa, but final agreement may be months away.
Brotherhood ban stays, court rules
CAIRO – An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a sweeping ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, in a sign of the interim government’s determination to keep heavy pressure on the Islamist movement.
The ban, ordered in September, outlaws all Brotherhood-linked groups and activities, and paves the way for the seizure of the movement’s assets.
The Brotherhood denounced the ruling, which came just two days after deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was put on trial by the military-backed government. The proceedings were adjourned until January.
Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, was ousted in an army-led July 3 coup.
U.N. reports rise in carbon dioxide
GENEVA – The U.N. weather agency said concentrations of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere have accelerated and reached a record high in 2012.
The World Meteorological Organization said carbon dioxide was measured at 393.1 parts per million last year, up 2.2 ppm from the previous year.
Its annual inventory released Wednesday of the chief gases blamed for global warming showed that the 2012 increase in CO2 outpaced the past decade’s average annual increase of 2.02 ppm.
Based on that rate, the WMO said the world’s carbon dioxide pollution level is expected to cross the 400 ppm threshold by 2016 – beyond the 350 ppm that some scientists and environmental groups promote as a safe level.