Beijing orders hundreds of factories to shut and allows children to skip school as choking smog reached over 25 times safe levels, casting a cloud over China's participation in Paris climate talks.
Japanese whaling ships set out to hunt some 300 whales in the name of science after reworking its programme in accordance with an international treaty on scientific whaling.
The International Monetary Fund admitted the yuan into the SDR basket of currencies on Monday and the People’s Bank of China has pledged to keep the currency stable as it vies to be a major economic player. (Photo: Kyoto)
World leaders launch an ambitious attempt to hold back the earth's rising temeratures, urging each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining. Ivor Bennett looks at how investors are viewing the conference and what sort of deal might be reached. (Photo: AP)