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South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will announce Thursday its verdict on a bid by state prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder and sent back to jail for shooting dead his girlfriend. The star Paralympic sprinter was found guilty last year of the lesser crime of culpable homicide -- the equivalent to manslaughter -- for killing Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day, 2013. Pistorius, who said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he opened fire with his pistol, was released from prison on parole in October after serving one year of his five-year sentence.
The German cabinet on Tuesday approved a mandate offering military assistance to back the international fight against the Islamic State jihadist group following the Paris attacks. The package, which still requires parliamentary approval, covers Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate and up to 1,200 troops following a French request, the government said in a statement. "The German contribution serves the fight against terrorism under the auspices of the alliance against IS and is aimed at supporting in particular France, Iraq and the international alliance in its fight against IS," the mandate says.
US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that global warming poses imminent security and economic risks, as negotiators embarked on an 11-day race to seal a UN pact aimed at taming climate change. Obama and others employed lofty rhetoric Monday to inject energy into the start of the UN negotiations, which are due to deliver a global masterplan on December 11. "Before long we are going to have to devote more and more of our economic and military resources, not to growing opportunity for our people, but to adapting to the various consequences of a changing planet," Obama said.