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Britons spent 1.1 billion pounds shopping online on "Black Friday" last week, an increase of 36 percent on the previous year, according to an estimate published by retail researcher Experian-IMRG. Last year's Black Friday was marred by long queues and brawls in stores. At British stores, Black Friday shopper numbers fell 4 percent year-on-year, according to retail researcher Footfall.
World leaders opened an historic summit in the French capital on Monday with "the hope of all of humanity" laid on their shoulders as they sought a deal to avert a climate catastrophe. The heads of more than 150 nations kicked off 12 days of talks in search of an elusive pact that would indirectly restructure the world economy, weaning it off fossil fuels that stoke global warming. It was the largest single-day gathering of heads of state or government in history, the United Nations said.