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G7 says Russia seizure of Ukraine ships unjustified, calls for sailors' release

Ottawa - G7 nations on Friday called Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships off Moscow-annexed Crimea unjustified and demanded the release of the 24 sailors, saying the standoff had "dangerously raised tensions.

Dutch join G7-led push to rid oceans of plastics

Ottawa - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his country's endorsement of a G7-led initiative to rid the oceans of plastics, during a visit to Ottawa on Thursday.

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

Montr - Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations.

Amnesty decries over-the-top security at 2018 G7 summit

Montr - Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Canadian authorities of heavy-handedness and rights violations including "unjust arrests and detentions" at the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec in June.

Carbon taxes necessary in climate fight: World Bank chief

Montr - Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution, the World Bank's chief executive said Wednesday at a G7 environment meeting in Canada.

Russia must 'account for role' in MH17 tragedy: G7

Ottawa - Russia must "account for its role" in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and cooperate with efforts to establish truth and justice, foreign ministers of the world's industrial democracies said on Sunday.

Canada rallies to Trudeau after Trump's insult

Ottawa - Canadian politicians of all stripes rallied round their prime minister on Monday after his cautious and polite defense of free trade rules drew an extraordinary personal rebuke from US President Donald Trump.

Breaking with allies, Trump shakes up world order

Paris - Washington's break with traditional G7 allies may open the way for a new world order in which Donald Trump cultivates former enemies and US-China ties dictate the pace of the 21st century, analysts say.

After testy G7, how should Europe deal with Trump?

Paris - The G7 summit at the weekend in Canada ended in acrimony when US President Donald Trump refused to sign a joint statement, leaving European leaders aghast at another diplomatic snub.

Britain says hopes US will honour G7 commitments on trade

London - Britain on Monday urged the United States to honour free-trade commitments made at the G7 summit even after US President Donald Trump rejected a joint communique in a bitter spat over tariffs.

Merkel-Trump G7 face-off photo headed for history books

Berlin - A photo posted by the German government showing a determined Angela Merkel standing up to an intransigent Donald Trump appears destined for the history books, summing up the fractures left by a deeply divisive G7 summit.

Trump lashes out at US allies in Twitter rant

Washington - President Donald Trump lashed out at US allies Monday in a Twitter rant focusing on trade following a contentious G7 summit of economic powers in Canada at the weekend.

Op-Ed: U.S. has lost its credibility on the world stage after G7 meeting

Looking back on the G7 summit in Canada this weekend, it is difficult to imagine just how much damage President Donald Trump has done to the formerly united Western alliance.

Trump G7 tweets 'sobering and depressing': Merkel

Frankfurt Am Main - US President Donald Trump's revocation of support for a joint communique with other leaders at the G7 summit was "sobering and a little depressing," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said late Sunday.

France on G7: 'Fits of anger' cannot dictate international cooperation

Paris - France warned Sunday that "fits of anger" could not dictate international cooperation after US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected a joint statement agreed following a bad-tempered G7 summit in Canada.

Putin dismisses G7 criticism as 'babbling', calls for cooperation

Qingdao - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed criticism by the Group of 7 nations as "creative babbling" and said it was time to start cooperating again.

G7 photo duel between image-conscious world leaders

La Malbaie - The G7 summit was coming down to the wire. The leaders of the world's richest democracies had promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.Donald Trump is seated amid a crowd of officials.

Conte, Italy's novice PM, completes G7 baptism of fire

La Malbaie - A month ago, he was a little-known law professor. On Saturday, Giuseppe Conte was heading home to Italy as a fully-fledged member of the most exclusive club of world leaders.And he may just have found a new ally in Donald Trump.

Merkel: G7 agree on commitment to rules-based trade

La Malbaie - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that G7 leaders had agreed on the wording of a common statement at their ongoing summit which would include a commitment to a "rules-based" trade framework.

'One-time shot' for peace with North Korea: Trump

La Malbaie - US President Donald Trump predicted Saturday that he would know within a minute of meeting Kim Jong Un whether his "one-time shot" at peace with the North Korean leader had a chance of succeeding.

'One time shot' for peace with North Korea: Trump

La Malbaie - US President Donald Trump said his summit with North Korea represented "a one-time" chance to forge peace and that he would know within a minute if his counterpart Kim Jong Un was a serious partner.

Russia brushes off possibility of G8 return

Moscow - Russia has not asked to rejoin the group of the world's leading economies and is perfectly happy working with the larger G20, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday, a day after US President Donald Trump called for Russia's return.

Firm friends? Macron handshake leaves mark on Trump

La Malbaie - They once shook hands for an eye-watering 29 seconds, with neither man willing to show a hint of weakness. Now Emmanuel Macron has left a firm impression on Donald Trump in their latest squeezing contest.

Trump trade fury plunges G7 summit into failure

Quebec City - The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat of trade war on Saturday as US President Donald Trump rejected an attempt to write a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

The G7/G8: where the big powers meet informally

Paris - The G7, which ends a two-day summit in Canada on Saturday against a background of tensions, is an informal grouping of major powers created in 1975.

Trump widens the cracks in world order's foundations

Quebec City - For decades, multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization and Group of Seven were widely accepted by Western governments as the best way to shore up world order.

Dialogue with Trump could be 'constructive': Putin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dialogue with Donald Trump could be "constructive", in comments released after his US counterpart called for Russia to be re-admitted to the exclusive Group of Seven club of nations.

Canadian anti-G7 protest thwarted by rogue balloon cam

La Malbaie - Canadian anti-G7 activists were on Friday reduced to appealing to authorities or bystanders to return their camera after they lost contact with a ballon deployed to hoist it aloft.

Cocooned in golf resort, G7 keep distance from protests

La Malbaie - As they thrash out disputes affecting billions of livelihoods, the G7 leaders are more likely to spot a bear roaming the Canadian countryside than the flag-burning protestors that were once a staple of their gatherings.

EU's Tusk warns of Trump threat to Western order

La Malbaie - US President Donald Trump's attempt to overthrow or renegotiate a series of international agreements constitutes a threat to the post Cold War order, EU president Donald Tusk warned Friday.
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