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Southeast Asia faces 'massive' drugs menace: Duterte

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Southeast Asian leaders Saturday they were facing a "massive" illegal drug menace that could destroy their societies, as he called for a united response.

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

Brussels - European Union leaders unanimously adopted their Brexit strategy at a special summit in Brussels on Saturday, in a show of unity ahead of two years of tough talks with Britain.

Southeast Asian leaders wrestle over China at summit

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced pushback on Saturday at a regional summit over his efforts to weaken Southeast Asian resistance to Chinese expansionism in the contested South China Sea, diplomats said.

China set for win at Southeast Asian summit

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is on Saturday set to weaken Southeast Asian resistance to Chinese expansionism in the contested South China Sea as he hosts a regional summit, diplomats said.

ASEAN to express 'grave concern' over tests despite N. Korea appeal

Manila - Southeast Asian countries will express "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear weapons tests and ballistic missile launches, despite Pyongyang's appeal for support, according to a draft statement due to be released Friday.

All eyes on Philippines' gum-chewing, cursing Duterte

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Southeast Asian leaders this week, and there is much interest in how the popular politician who boasts about not being a statesman will handle the event.

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy: activists

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war is part of a worrying assault on human rights and democracy across Southeast Asia, activists said as regional leaders gathered in Manila on Friday.

Canada's Trudeau to meet pope in late May

Ottawa - Pope Francis will grant a private audience to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next month after a G7 summit in Italy, the government in Ottawa said Friday.

Southern EU leaders say US strike on Syria 'understandable'

Madrid - The leaders of southern EU nations said Monday that a US missile strike on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack was "understandable," as diplomatic tensions mount over the incident.

South Europe leaders to seek stronger EU after Brexit shock

Madrid - Leaders of southern EU nations will meet in Madrid on Monday in a show of unity and to back greater EU integration after Britain began the process of leaving the bloc.

Trump jokes he's 'gotten nothing' from Xi so far

Palm Beach - President Donald Trump predicted a "very great" relationship with China's Xi Jinping as the pair met for the first time at his Florida resort of Mar-a-Lago, when cordiality replaced tough anti-China rhetoric.

Trump, Xi look to navigate minefield in first summit

Palm Beach - Donald Trump hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping at his sun-kissed Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Thursday, a high-stakes first summit replete with pitfalls for both leaders.

Mexican president says seeking 'new relationship' with US

San Jos - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Wednesday he is working on "a new relationship" with the US and thanked Latin American neighbors for support as Mexico faces "big challenges" with its vital trading partner.

US migration policies to dominate Mexico-CentrAm summit

San Jos - US President Donald Trump's hardline anti-immigrant policies are likely to dominate a summit of leaders of Mexico, Central America and Colombia this week meant to focus on regional infrastructure, analysts said.

UN chief heads to Arab summit after row over Israel 'apartheid' report

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres travels to Jordan next week to attend an Arab summit following a row over the release of a UN report accusing Israel of being an apartheid state.

EU to hold first Brexit summit on April 29

Brussels - EU leaders will hold a special summit on April 29 to adopt Brexit talks guidelines aimed at making the split the "least painful" for the bloc, President Donald Tusk said Tuesday.

EU to vow 'common future' after Brexit body blow: draft

Brussels - The EU is set to re-commit itself to "our common future" at a summit marking its 60th anniversary, defying Brexit and growing euroscepticism, according to a draft declaration.

G20 ministers struggle to find consensus on trade, climate

Baden-baden - Finance ministers and central bankers from top economies are battling Saturday to find common ground on world trade in the face of US President Donald Trump's "Buy American" drive.

G20 ministers struggle to find consensus on trade, climate

Baden-baden - Finance ministers and central bankers from top economies are battling Saturday to find common ground on world trade in the face of US President Donald Trump's "Buy American" drive.

Shuttered: EU ditches summit 'family photo'

Brussels - The EU has ditched the traditional "family photo" of leaders at Brussels summits as it seeks a more modern image for the bloc, European sources said.

Poland risks EU isolation in wake of Tusk debacle

Varsovia - Poland risks isolation in the European Union after its rightwing government failed in its bitter campaign to derail the re-election of its own citizen Donald Tusk as the bloc's president.

EU's Juncker says hopes Britain will one day 're-enter the boat'

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday voiced hope that Britain will one day return to the EU fold despite voting to leave."I do not like Brexit because I would like to be in the same boat as the British.

What is 'multi-speed' Europe?

Brussels - The idea of a so-called multi-speed European Union is not new, and some might argue that it already describes the bloc in its current form.

EU leaders seek unity after Tusk row

Brussels - EU leaders sought Friday to patch up deep divisions over the bloc's post-Brexit future, a day after an unseemly spat with Warsaw over President Donald Tusk's re-election underscored a lack of unity.

EU leaders seek unity after Tusk row

Brussels - EU leaders sought Friday to patch up deep divisions over the bloc's post-Brexit future, a day after an unseemly spat with Warsaw over President Donald Tusk's re-election underscored a lack of unity.

EU leaders seek unity after Tusk row

Brussels - EU leaders sought Friday to patch up deep divisions over the bloc's post-Brexit future, a day after an unseemly spat with Warsaw over President Donald Tusk's re-election underscored a lack of unity.

Poland 'alone' in the EU after Tusk re-election: media

Varsovia - Polish media on Friday underscored their country's isolation in the European Union after the bloc's leaders re-elected liberal Donald Tusk as president despite strident opposition from the rightwing government in his native Poland.

EU concerned over Russian meddling in W Balkans

Brussels - The EU voiced concern Thursday about "external influences" fueling division in the western Balkans, as Britain announced a summit to focus efforts on stabilising a key region vulnerable to Russian meddling.

'Hooligan' Tusk faces new EU fight

Brussels - Once a self-confessed football "hooligan", Poland's Donald Tusk now faces a fight with his own country to remain European Council president.

Polish fury over re-election of EU's Tusk

Brussels - EU leaders re-elected Donald Tusk as president Thursday despite opposition from his native Poland, prompting an angry Warsaw to warn that it set a dangerous pattern for bullying by a German-dominated union.
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