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Russia-West tensions soar as Putin quits G20 summit

Moscow - Vladimir Putin's early exit from a G20 summit in Australia after an icy reception from world leaders may further stoke Russia-West tensions and lead to renewed fighting in Ukraine, analysts said.

G20 agrees to boost world economy by $2 trillion

Leaders at the Brisbane G20 summit have agreed to stimulate world economic growth over the next few years with a massive injection of $2 trillion.

Hollande says won't be pressured over warship delivery to Russia

Brisbane - French President Francois Hollande said Sunday he would not be pressured into delivering two warships to Russia, after delaying their handover due to the Ukraine crisis.

West targets Russia over Ukraine as testy G20 wraps up

Brisbane - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday shrugged off a hail of Western fire over the Ukraine crisis as G20 leaders wrapped up an annual summit focused on a drive to overhaul the global economy.

Putin to leave G20 summit early: Russian delegate 

Moscow - Vladimir Putin intends to cut short his attendance at the Group of 20 summit in Brisbane on Sunday, a Russian source said as the strongman faces intense pressure from the West over Ukraine.

Putin urges Hollande to 'minimise risks' between Russia, France

Brisbane - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called on French President Francois Hollande to "minimise the risks" between their countries after months of growing tensions.

Putin under fire over Ukraine at G20 summit

Brisbane - Russian President Vladimir Putin faced Western scorn and scepticism over Ukraine at a G20 summit in Australia on Saturday, underscoring the deepest chill in relations with the West since the Cold War.

Obama warns Asian territorial rows could 'spiral into confrontation'

Brisbane - US President Barack Obama on Saturday warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia, as China squares off against rival claimants over disputed territories, but vowed that Washington would remain anchored in the region.

Russian chill permeates G20 summit

Brisbane - Russia's Cold War-style standoff with the West sent a chill through G20 talks aimed at heating up the world economy on Saturday as leaders kicked off a summit in Australia.

Hostile G20 kicks off with mixed agenda

Brisbane - Russian President Vladimir Putin will face hostile Western leaders around the table at the G20 Saturday, having been accused of being a bully and harbouring tsarist ambitions in the ill-tempered build up to the gathering of world statesmen.

World's economic leaders gather in Australia for 2-day G20 summit

Amidst a simmering tension between two members, world economic powers are gathering today in Brisbane, Australia for the ninth meeting of the G20 summit. The agenda is not officially known but the prime topic is certain to be the world's economy.

Putin to face icy reception at G20 summit

Brisbane - Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the "lost glories of tsarism".

Britain to seize jihadists' passports, stop them returning home

Canberra - Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday outlined plans to seize passports from British jihadists and stop them returning from fighting overseas, while proposing landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with London's no-fly lists.

'Show of force' as Australia tracks Russian ships

Brisbane - Australia said on Thursday it is tracking four Russian navy ships off its north coast, a move Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was a sign of Moscow's military assertiveness with relations strained after the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Pope urges G20 leaders not to forget the poor

Brisbane - Pope Francis has called on G20 leaders not to forget the poor, saying to do so would be "regrettable" as the heads of the world's most powerful economies prepare to meet in Australia.

West confronts Putin at Asia-Pacific summit

Bejing - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday had a close-up brush with Western anger over the Ukraine crisis and the downing of Flight MH17, as the White House warned that his sanctions-hit government was staring at "isolation".

Australia PM vows to 'shirtfront' Putin at G20 over MH17

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday vowed to "shirtfront", or confront, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 crash over Ukraine.

G20 finance chiefs aim to 'change destiny of global economy'

Cairns - Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability.

Corruption costs poor countries $1 trillion a year: NGO

Paris - Corruption, fraud and money-laundering cost poor countries a total of $1.0 trillion a year, the anti-poverty organisation ONE said in a study released on Wednesday.

Australia bans uranium sales to Russia

Sydney - Australia on Wednesday banned uranium sales to Russia over its actions in Ukraine while announcing it will set up an embassy in Kiev and may offer military assistance.

World finance chiefs fall short on growth plan

Washington - Leading economic policymakers meeting in Washington voiced concern the Ukraine crisis could hurt the world economy, but fell short of taking concrete action to strengthen growth amid signs of discord.

G20 urges U.S. to ratify IMF reforms by year-end

Washington - The G20 pressed the United States Friday to ratify crucial IMF reforms after four years of waiting, suggesting they would find an alternative if Washington does not deliver by year-end.

G20 growth pledge easier in the making than the execution

The Group of 20's proposal to lift economic activity by 2 percent over the next five years has so many holes in it, there's no wonder it was the first official target that all members felt happy to agree on...

US, IMF 'stand ready' to help Ukraine rebuild ailing economy

Sydney - The United States and the International Monetary Fund offered Sunday to assist Ukraine in rebuilding its battered economy following devastating protests that have plunged the country into its worst crisis since independence.Fears that Ukraine's debt-la...

OECD delivers new global standard to target tax cheats

Sydney - The OECD on Sunday delivered a new global standard to crack down on tax evasion with more than 40 countries already committing to measures which the European Commission called "a big step" forward.Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (...

OECD delivers new global standard to target tax cheats

Sydney - The OECD on Sunday delivered a new global standard to crack down on tax evasion with more than 40 countries already committing to the measures.Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) chief Angel Gurria called it "a real game-change...

G20 works to nail down growth targets

Sydney - G20 finance ministers and central bank governors worked on Sunday to nail down agreements on boosting growth and creating jobs after "excellent" talks on the winding back of US monetary stimulus.Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey reported much good will a...

Commitment on central bank communication unlikely at G20: Canada Fin Min

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he does not expect a commitment for advanced economies to articulate monetary policy more clearly to be in the Group of 20 (G20) communique due later on Sunday.

G20 players work to nail down growth targets

Sydney - G20 finance ministers and central bank governors Sunday worked to nail down agreements on boosting growth and creating jobs after "excellent" talks on the winding back of US monetary stimulus.Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said there was a lot of good...

G20 united on need to tackle tax reform: Australian Treasurer

Finance officials of the world's 20 major economies discussed the impact of the Federal Reserve's withdrawal of stimulus on emerging markets and were united on the need to address problems of tax minimization, Australian Treasurer Jo...
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Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core a...
Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20 Summit.
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Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core a...
Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20 Summit.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core a...
Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20 Summit.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
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The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
The security zone in Toronto for the G20 a week before the summit begins.
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King Street West in Toronto the Friday night before the G20 Summit was almost empty.
King Street West in Toronto the Friday night before the G20 Summit was almost empty.
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President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during the press conference on the outcomes of th...
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during the press conference on the outcomes of the G20 Leaders' Summit
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27  2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concre...
Toronto is host to the G20 conference June 26-27, 2010. The city has erected 6-foot steel and concrete fences around a "hot zone" in the downtown core to keep protesters out.
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Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core a...
Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20 Summit; creating a ghost town in some areas of the city.
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Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talking during the G20 Summit in Toronto
Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talking during the G20 Summit in Toronto
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Clowning it up at the G20 summit in Toronto  June 2010  inches from the riot squad
Clowning it up at the G20 summit in Toronto, June 2010, inches from the riot squad
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Workers are erecting a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown Toronto core ahe...
Workers are erecting a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown Toronto core ahead of the G20 Summit.
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Closing Ceremony at the Chambre de commerce et d industrie de Paris
Closing Ceremony at the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris
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Toronto security officials removed all garbage cans from areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20...
Toronto security officials removed all garbage cans from areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20 Summit. Officials are concerned about protesters throwing garbage cans and other loose items not bolted to the ground.
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President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during the press conference on the outcomes of th...
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during the press conference on the outcomes of the G20 Leaders' Summit
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A police cruiser was set on fire by protesters in the financial district of Toronto.
A police cruiser was set on fire by protesters in the financial district of Toronto.
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