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Marathon COP26 talks extend into Saturday 'to find right balance'

Rules for carbon offsets prove sticking point at Glasgow conference

Climate activists in Glasgow on Nov. 12: The  UN Climate Change Conference was scheduled to end that day, but an agreement proved elusive.   © AP

GLASGOW, Scotland/TOKYO -- Negotiations at the United Nations climate conference are set to continue through the night, overrunning the scheduled Friday end date, as the chair sought to "find the right balances" for an agreement on international efforts to stop global warming.

A new revised text will be worked on and made available by Saturday morning, followed by informal plenary session, COP26 President Alok Sharma said in a statement late Friday, adding that he expects formal plenary meetings to adopt decisions and conclude the conference Saturday afternoon.

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