** China Lands Fighter Jet on Aircraft Carrier for First Time**
Chinese state media say the country's navy has successfully landed a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier for the first time, in the latest sign of China's growing military and economic power.
In reports published Sunday, state-run news agencies said the navy landed several Chinese-made J-15 jets on the carrier Liaoning in the past week. The reports said the warplanes also took off successfully.
A senior Chinese military researcher told the China Daily newspaper that the daytime landings and take-offs are a "landmark" in the navy's efforts to develop the combat capability of the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier.
But this researcher also said more tests must be done before the carrier-based J-15 jets are ready for combat. He said the J-15 pilots have not yet performed landings and take-offs at night or in complex situations.
China bought the vessel as an unfinished Soviet aircraft carrier from Ukraine in 1998 and spent years refurbishing it. The Liaoning entered military service on September 25.
**UN Climate Talks Focus on Kyoto, New Global Pact**
Representatives from nearly 200 nations have begun two weeks of talks aimed at agreements on how to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Delegates at the U.N. climate change conference in Doha, Qatar will chiefly tackle extending the Kyoto Protocol. The pact, which expires this year, binds developed countries to cut emissions by 5 percent below 1990 levels.
Major greenhouse gas emitters like the United States and China are not part of the deal, while Russia, Japan and Canada say they do not want to be part of an extension to the Kyoto agreement. That would leave only about 15 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions covered under a continuation of the pact.
The conference will also include talks on crafting a new global climate deal that would be finalized by 2015 and go into effect in 2020.