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US President Barack Obama said Tuesday global warming posed economic and security risks that had to be tackled immediately, but insisted the climate problem could be solved. If global warming continues, "then before long we are going to have to devote more and more of our economic and military resources not to growing opportunity for our people but to adapting to the various consequences of a changing planet," Obama said. "Climate change is a massive problem, it's a generational problem," Obama said on the sidelines of the November 30-December 11 UN conference being held north of Paris.
By Amanda Cooper LONDON (Reuters) - Crude oil prices fell on Tuesday, paring earlier gains, on the back of growing investor concern about the potential for global oversupply to increase and prices to fall further after OPEC's policy meeting later this week. The European Central Bank will announce its latest policy decision on Thursday, OPEC's decision on output is due on Friday along with U.S. monthly jobs numbers, meaning oil prices have been, by and large, hemmed into a range of no more than $4 for the last week. OPEC is heading for a tough meeting this week, delegates and officials said on Tuesday, as country members pump record volumes amid an uncertain demand outlook and as the prospects of a U.S. interest rate hike could push oil prices even lower.
Former president George W. Bush and a raft of senior US officials from his administration should be investigated for conspiracy to torture and for other crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. In a scathing report, the international rights group decries the lack of prosecutions of those involved in the Central Intelligence Agency's secret program to torture detainees in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The 153-page report outlines evidence to support the main criminal charges that could be brought against those behind what is referred to so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques, and challenges claims that prosecutions are impossible.