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Ukraine-Russia peace hopes rise as gas deal edges closer

Milan - Ukraine and Russia both signalled progress towards settling their festering row over gas, raising hopes of an EU-backed resolution of the broader conflict embroiling the Soviet-era allies.

Kremlin dismisses EU hopes of Ukraine progress

Milan - European leaders expressed hope Friday of solving the bloody Ukraine conflict following "positive" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, only for the Kremlin to berate them as out of touch with reality.

Italy PM 'really positive' after Putin, Poroshenko Ukraine talks

Milan - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he was "really positive" on the prospects for a solution to the Ukraine conflict after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

Putin warns Europe on gas supplies ahead of Ukraine talks

Milan - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Europe Thursday its gas supplies could be at risk as he prepared for talks with Ukraine counterpart Petro Poroshenko at an Asia-Europe (ASEM) summit overshadowed by the crisis.

Climate: Now to turn summit prose into action

Paris - Having renewed their commitment to saving Earth's climate, governments face daunting challenges in the coming months to draft a global pact and set targets for slashing carbon emissions, analysts said Wednesday.

UN summit urges ambitious climate deal

New York - World leaders urged ambitious action to combat climate change, but pledges remained well short of goals, with a year to go for an accord.

UN summit urges ambitious climate deal

New York - World leaders on Tuesday urged ambitious action to combat climate change and promised to make greater efforts, but a tough road lay ahead with a year to go for an accord.

World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit

New York - The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opens at the United Nations on Tuesday amid calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming.

Fossil fuel divestment brightens climate summit

New York - The Rockefellers, the first family of oil, said Monday they would divest from fossil fuels in a fresh boost for the fight against climate change ahead of a UN summit.

Thousands rally worldwide over climate change

New York - Celebrities, political leaders and the masses rallied in New York and across the globe Sunday demanding urgent action on climate change, with organizers saying 600,000 people hit the streets.

Obama calls on allies to defeat Islamic State

Newport - US President Barack Obama outlined plans for a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, but they received a cautious response from European allies.

Obama calls on allies to defeat Islamic State

Newport - US President Barack Obama on Friday outlined plans for a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, but European allies gave a cautious reaction.

U.S. gathers allies to 'destroy' Islamic State

Newport - The United States urged Western allies at a NATO summit Friday to unite in a coalition that could "destroy" Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

NATO boosts readiness to meet new security threats

NATO leaders agreed on Friday to boost the readiness of the alliance to meet fresh security threats highlighted by the Ukraine crisis and reaffirmed their commitment to collective defence.

NATO leaders accuse Russia, aid Ukraine

Newport - NATO leaders on Thursday accused Russia of failing to take "a single step towards peace" in Ukraine even as President Petro Poroshenko voiced "careful optimism" about forging a ceasefire with pro-Moscow rebels.

NATO leaders keep up pressure on Russia despite Ukraine hopes

Newport - Ukraine on Thursday raised hopes of a ceasefire with pro-Moscow rebels during a NATO summit where Britain and the United States urged the international community to stand up to Russia and counter the threat from Islamic State.

Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

Apia - A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.

Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs

Brussels - European leaders Saturday named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a series of challenges topped by Ukraine.

EU leaders seek riposte to Russia

Brussels - European Union leaders gather in Brussels Saturday to thrash out a response to Russia's deeper involvement in war-torn Ukraine and to bring new faces to key EU posts.

Summit sees US boost security assistance to Africa

Washington - The United States will step up its support for the African militaries battling Islamic extremists or conducting dangerous peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama said.

Obama: US and Africa should boost security cooperation

Washington - President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States wants to help Africa fight extremist unrest and international terrorism, as a high-level summit turned to security challenges on the continent.

Obama woos Africa with billions of dollars in deals

Washington - President Barack Obama announced billions of dollars in investment for Africa on Tuesday, as the United States challenges China and Europe's leading roles in the continent's economic emergence.

Obama woos Africa with billions of dollars in deals

Washington - President Barack Obama announced billions of dollars in investment for Africa on Tuesday, as the United States challenges China and Europe's leading roles in the continent's economic emergence.

U.S. opens Africa summit with call for political tolerance

Washington - The United States urged African leaders on Monday to respect political differences, saying that core democratic principles are vital to achieving long-term economic growth.

Outcasts and vexing guests at Obama's Africa summit

Washington - US President Barack Obama hosts an unprecedented gathering of African leaders next week with only four nations left off the guest list despite concerns over rights abuses in many countries.

Ebola 'moving faster than efforts to control it': WHO

Conakry - The World Health Organization warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption.

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

- Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals

- China's president pressed a charm offensive with Latin America on Thursday, signing deals with Brazil, meeting regional leaders and proposing a $20 billion infrastructure fund that highlights Beijing's growing interests in the region.

EU summit fails to reach deal on top jobs

Brussels - EU leaders failed to reach agreement as their summit ended early Thursday over who should get the top jobs to steer the 28-nation bloc over the next five years.

EU summit fails to reach deal on top jobs

Brussels - EU leaders failed to reach an agreement at a summit Wednesday over who should get the top jobs to steer the 28-nation bloc over the next five years.
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