Carbon emissions likely down in 2015

As world leaders met in Paris to negotiate a climate deal, a study brought news that global carbon emissions likely stalled and possibly decreased this year. It would be the first recorded decrease during a period of strong global economic growth, said the study in the journal Nature Climate Change. Researchers at the University of East Anglia and the Global Carbon Project forecast a range for this year's carbon emissions from a 1.6 percent drop to a 0.5 percent increase. Their best estimate was a decline of 0.6 percent.


Villagers slain in cross-border raid

Troops from Cameroon crossed into Nigeria, killed about 150 villagers, burned their huts and forced others to flee. Cameroon's government denied the raid, which came amid growing tensions between the neighbors over the Boko Haram uprising.


Power to Crimea finally restored

Electricity was restored to Crimea two weeks after unknown saboteurs blew up power lines in Ukraine, plunging millions on the peninsula into darkness. Ukrainian linemen connected one of the four power lines after the Crimean Tatar protesters who had blocked utility crews' access to the sites finally relented so that power could be provided to hospitals and schools.


Russian sub launches strikes on Syria

Russia said that it unleashed a barrage of airstrikes on Syria, including the first combat launch of a new cruise missile from a submerged Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea. The cruise missiles successfully hit targets in Raqqa, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin, who noted that the new missile can be equipped with conventional and nuclear warheads.


No federal charges in patrol car death

The U.S. Justice Department said that no federal charges will be filed in the death of a man who was fatally shot while handcuffed in the back of a sheriff's patrol car. The Iberia Parish coroner had already ruled that Victor White shot himself in 2014 despite being handcuffed behind his back while sitting in the car after a drug arrest.


Prosecution rests in Freddie Gray trial

Prosecutors in Baltimore rested their case against police officer William Porter, charged in the death of Freddie Gray, after an expert in police procedure told a jury that the officer had a "shared responsibility" to summon medical help for a badly injured Gray. Judge Barry Williams denied a defense motion to dismiss all charges. The defense begins its case Wednesday; Porter is expected to testify.

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