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Posted: Sun-Dec-2019



The wife of a Norwegian pensioner convicted of espionage in Russia has spoken to the BBC about her anger at the intelligence service.

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Major economies resisted calls for bolder climate commitments as a UN summit in Madrid limped toward a delayed conclusion on Saturday, dimming hopes that nations will act in time to stop rising temperatures that will devastate people and the natural world.

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