The climate talks in Copenhagen entered the home stretch on Wednesday with continuing disputes and paralysis over key issues. The conference is scheduled to end on Friday and more than 100 national leaders have started to arrive with the expectation that they could sign an historic international agreement to reduce global warming. Poorer nations continue to resist what they see as efforts by rich nations to impose decisions on international policy that fall short of real, binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases - and to help those countries most harmed by climate change. Some conference observers still say negotiators have time to reach useful agreements. A forest preservation agreement is, in fact, within reach. Meanwhile, outside the Bella Centre conference venue, police fired pepper spray and beat hundreds of protesters with batons. This time, police said, 260 protesters were detained. For more, read other stories in The Daily Maverick.Also, read the AP
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