Northern China choked under some of the worst smog this year on Monday, with levels in Beijing soaring to 22 times healthy limits, triggering the city's second-highest pollution alert on the eve of global climate change talks. Heavy haze blanketed the cities after President Xi Jinping arrived in Paris for the key discussions that will largely focus on China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Levels in several cities in neighbouring Hebei province were also well above 500, official figures showed, more than twenty times the World Health Organization's advised limit.
Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his final season, the veteran Los Angeles Lakers star walking away as one of the greatest legends in NBA history. The 37-year-old Bryant spent his entire 20-season career with the Lakers, the first NBA player to stay so long with the same club. "My body knows it's time to say goodbye," Bryant said in a poem entitled "Dear Basketball" and meant as a love letter to the sport.