A truly global climate deal is out the window after Hugo Chavez and fellow socialists from Latin America have walked out of talks, saying they won't be bullied by the capitalist economies of the US and Europe.
Leaders risk missing a golden opportunity to show the world that they can work together for the greater good.
South African President Jacob Zuma has summed up the position of most developing countries at the Copenhagen summit, saying they are not unwilling to take action, but that wealthy states must shoulder the brunt of the burden.
With the end of the Copenhagen talks rapidly approaching, the Japanese Prime Minister has told his peers that failing to produce a 'robust if not perfect' agreement would be a 'disgrace indeed' for world leaders.
On Thursday the Africa Group spelled out what it was looking for from the negotiations - a of the Kyoto Protocol.
As the war of nerves continued in Copenhagen, the UN's top man told journalists that he thought the deadlock could still be broken.
Anxious to paint itself as a constructive partner in the Copenhagen talks, the USA rolled out the big guns on Thursday.
A Suffolk builder has pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates' Court to dumping chrysotile asbestos and not having the right papers for dealing with the potentially fatal material.
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