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News of the World: November 27- December 3, 2015

wor01Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he became a father for the first time and is celebrating his daughter’s birth by vowing to give away £30 billion to advancing human potential and promoting equality. The proud social media site’s CEO, who is estimated to be worth around $47 billion, posted recently a picture of newborn Max alongside his wife Priscilla Chan at his Facebook page. At the same time he printed the letter the couple had written to their daughter in which he vowed to give away 99 per cent of his shares in Facebook. Zuckerberg, 31, founded the social network in 2004 when he was 19 and dropped out of Harvard to move the company to Silicon Valley. He married Priscilla in May 2012 after meeting her when she was a medical student nine years earlier.

— Daily Mirror

wor02The German Cabinet, representing a country known for its reluctance since World War II to engage in military adventures abroad, has approved a military support mission against ISIS in Syria. Final approval must still be obtained by the lower house of the German parliament. The mission, if approved, will include as many as 1,200 German soldiers, a statement from the government said. Germany would provide aerial and satellite reconnaissance, aerial refueling and the provision of a naval escort to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the government statement says.

— CNN

wor03The Islamic State has vowed to expand the jihadist organisation’s war against India, citing apocalyptic religious prophecies which talks of a global war that will precede the return of the Mahdi, or redeemer, who will rid the world of evil and pave the way for the day of judgment. The threat is made in a new, Black Flags from the Islamic State, a manifesto released online on jihadist platforms on Tuesday. ‘The Islamic State would now expand beyond Iraq and Syria’, Black Flags states. ‘It would now expand into… India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan [and several other countries]’. For the first time in an Islamic State publication, the organisation offers an analysis of the political situation in India. It notes that ‘a movement of Hindus is growing who kill Muslims who eat beef. The people who fund these organisations want to grow a huge following of Islam-haters who can turn into potential recruits for future wars in their countries’.

— The Indian Express

wor04US President Barack Obama has said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a ‘turning point’ in global efforts to limit future temperature rises. Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F). Leaders from 147 nations have been addressing the meeting, known as COP21. President Obama urged negotiators to deliver a meaningful deal, because the ‘next generation is watching’. He told delegates: ‘Climate change could define the contours of this century more than any other (challenge).’ He added that recent years had shown that the global economy had grown while emissions had remained flat, breaking the old arguments for inaction ‘that economic growth and environmental protection were in conflict’.

— BBC

wor05Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks Wednesday with the president and military chief about the handover of power, the first such discussions since her opposition party’s election triumph. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won nearly 80 per cent of contested seats in a November 8 election that appears set to end the military’s decades-long chokehold on the country. Immediately after the poll she had appealed for ‘national reconciliation’ talks with President Thein Sein and the powerful army chief.

— AFP