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Greece hopeful of last-ditch deal despite default warnings

Atenas - Greece said Friday it is still hopeful for an 11th-hour deal with its creditors before it defaults on its debt, as the ECB threw Greek banks another lifeline and depositors withdraw their savings.

Hackathons take on Islamic State in cyberspace battle

Sydney - In a small room close by the Sydney Opera House, 60 people representing a vast range of communities and industries are working feverishly to come up with ways to combat the Islamic State group's online propaganda machine.

EU, Latin America urge US to lift embargo on Cuba

Brussels - The EU joined Latin America and the Caribbean in calling Thursday for the United States to lift its decades-old embargo on Cuba and in vowing to help secure a global deal in Paris to curb climate change.

Australian talks tackle jihadists' use of social media

Sydney - The Islamic State group has "global ambitions" and more must be done to tackle its use of social media for recruitment, representatives of governments and technology giants heard in Australia Thursday.

What was agreed at the G7 summit in Germany

Elmau - The leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations met for a two-day summit in the Bavarian Alps with a heavy agenda including global terrorism, Ukraine and climate change.

G7 warns could toughen sanctions against Russia

Elmau - G7 leaders on Monday warned Russia that they stood ready to toughen sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine conflict, as escalating violence sparked fears that a ceasefire deal could be unravelling.

G7 warns Russia of more sanctions, pledges climate action

Elmau - World leaders Monday warned Russia it would face stepped-up sanctions for its "aggression" in Ukraine, as they wrapped up a G7 meeting also pledging strong action to fight climate change.

Merkel, Obama: Russia sanctions to stay until truce implemented

Elmau - US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Western sanctions must remain in place against Russia until it complies with a ceasefire deal with Ukraine.

Greek, Ukraine crises loom over G7 summit

Elmau - World leaders gathered for a G7 summit in the sun-drenched Bavarian Alps Sunday, their agenda clouded by the Ukraine conflict and the threat of Greece crashing out of the eurozone.

Beer, oompah music as Merkel treats Obama to folksy welcome

Deutschland - With a "Bavarian breakfast" of soft pretzels, oompah music and frothy beer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel treated US President Barack Obama to a folksy welcome Sunday to drive home the enduring strength of transatlantic ties.

Obama says G7 must stand up to Russian 'aggression' in Ukraine

Deutschland - US President Barack Obama urged fellow leaders of the G7 to stand up to "Russian aggression in Ukraine" as he enjoyed a traditional Bavarian welcome ahead of their summit in Germany.

Despite differences, U.S. still 'friend and partner': Merkel

Deutschland - Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday hailed the United States as a "friend and essential partner" of Germany, despite occasional "differences of opinion", as she welcomed President Barack Obama to the G7 summit.

G7 summit opens with tough line on Ukraine

Elmau - The leaders of Germany and the United States hammered home a tough line on Russia Sunday as they kicked off a G7 summit dominated by crises in Ukraine and Greece.

Heavy police presence for G7 as protesters stage colourful demos

Garmisch-partenkirchen - Around 4,000 people staged colourful and largely peaceful protests under a very heavy police presence on Saturday on the eve of the G7 summit in southern Germany.

Japan PM first to arrive at G7 summit

Munich - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touched down at Munich airport Saturday, the first world leader to arrive for the G7 summit in southern Germany.

British PM urges FIFA-style anti-corruption drive at G7

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called for the G7 to "show the same courage" that exposed FIFA's corrupt practices in order to tackle graft around the world.

German police step up security checks ahead of G7 summit

Garmisch-partenkirchen - German police stepped up security checks Friday across a broad radius surrounding the venue for a Group of Seven summit at the weekend, as activists warmed up for protests against the gathering.

Fairytale venue with dark past for G7 summit in Germany

Elmau - Group of Seven leaders will gather from Sunday in a quintessentially German venue handpicked by Chancellor Angela Merkel, a luxury hotel with a fairytale setting and a tumultuous past.

G7 summit to discuss wars, jihadists, Grexit fears

Berlin - The Bavarian Alps venue may look tranquil, but global turmoil -- from Ukraine to Islamist militants and the Greek crisis -- dominates the agenda of the G7 summit, which is being held without Russia.

More than 30,000 rally at anti-G7 kick-off demo in Bavaria

Munich - More than 30,000 people on Thursday kicked off protests against a G7 summit starting at the weekend in the southern German state of Bavaria, police said.

NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016

Varsovia - NATO announced Friday it will hold its next summit in Warsaw on July 8-9 next year as it tackles perceived threats from Russia to the east and jihadists to the south.

Cameron 'confident' of EU reform deal before UK referendum

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he was "confident" of striking an EU reform deal to put before British voters by 2017 but warned of "ups and downs" in the process.

'Hello dictator,' Juncker says to Hungary's Orban

Riga - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga.

UK PM starts EU reform bid warning of 'ups and downs'

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron launched his bid to recast Britain's relationship with the EU Friday, warning of "ups and downs" before a straight "in-or-out" referendum by the end of 2017.

Cameron makes British reform case to EU peers

Riga - British Prime Minister David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers Friday as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc.

Merkel sets tough line at EU summit with eastern partners

Riga - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU's eastern partners not to expect too much of the bloc and warned Russia to mend its ways over Ukraine if it wanted to rejoin the G7 club of top nations.

Your unofficial guide to Toronto's South-North Griots Summit

Toronto - In association with the Pan Am and Para-Pan Am games, a gathering of some of the most revered story tellers from African diaspora traditions are gathering in Toronto, Ontario Canada from May 28th-31st.

Saudi king warns of Iran threat, rebels hit border town

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday urged his fellow Gulf leaders to stand up to Iran, as Yemeni rebels backed by Tehran bombarded a Saudi border city.

Xenophobic attacks loom over southern African summit in Zimbabwe

Harare - Tensions over attacks on migrants in South Africa will be officially set aside as regional leaders meet for a summit in Zimbabwe Wednesday to plan industrial growth, an official said.

ASEAN warns sea reclamation 'may undermine peace'

Langkawi - Reclamation work in the disputed South China Sea, where China has constructed an airstrip and other structures on coral reefs, threatens to "undermine peace, security and stability" in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned Monday.
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