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Joint military action, Yemen to dominate Arab summit

Egypt is hosting a weekend Arab summit at which regional leaders will discuss plans to form a joint military force against the backdrop of Saudi-led strikes on rebels in Yemen.

U.S. seeks to spur global action against jihadists

Washington - The United States Thursday sought to galvanize global action to combat violent jihadist groups, amid warnings the world was confronted with "a new war against a new enemy.

U.S. says world must fight 'new war on new enemy'

Washington - Ministers from over 60 nations gathered Thursday to draw up an action plan to fight violent extremism, as top U.S. diplomat John Kerry urged the world to "wage a new war against a new enemy.

Obama says world must fight 'false promises' of extremism

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Western and Muslim leaders to unite to defeat the "false promises of extremism" and reject jihadists' claims to represent Islam.

More than force needed to fight extremism: US

Washington - US Vice President Joe Biden opened a high-profile meeting on global extremism Tuesday by facing down critics who say the White House should focus on defeating it militarily.

UN chief backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday backed an African Union proposal to send a regional force to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria, as warplanes from Chad carried out airstrikes against the Islamists.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe named new African Union chairman

Addis Ababa - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.

African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

Addis Ababa - African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola.

Canadian trade ties to India set to rise Special

Partnership agreements in science and technology were signed by Canadian delegates in last week's summit in Gujarat, India.

Richest 1% to own half of world’s wealth by 2016, says Oxfam

Paris - Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.

EU Feb 12 summit to focus on anti-terrorism: Tusk

Riga - European Union's next scheduled summit on February 12 will focus on how to boost anti-terror efforts in the wake of the deadly Islamist attack on a French satirical weekly in Paris, the bloc's leader Donald Tusk said on Friday.

Seoul says North Korea talks must have no strings attached

Seoul - North Korea must approach dialogue with South Korea with no strings attached if it genuinely wants to improve ties, a Seoul spokesman said Friday, after the communist state's leader mooted bilateral talks.

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

Brussels - The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.

EU leaders press Russia, urge new investment

Brussels - European Union leaders urged Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in his stance on Ukraine Thursday as they boosted sanctions against Crimea despite fears of economic blowback from Russia's spiralling financial crisis.

EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

Brussels - EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland's Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

Absences glare again at Ibero-American summit

Veracruz - Latin American nations and their ex-colonial powers, Portugal and Spain, wrapped up a summit Tuesday again marked by major absences, with the leaders of Argentina, Brazil and Cuba shunning the event.

Mexico leader opens summit amid security crisis

Veracruz - Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto opened a summit of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese leaders Monday, turning his attention to diplomacy as he faced anger at home over a security crisis.

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.

Obama optimistic on Myanmar democracy despite concerns

Inya - US President Barack Obama voiced optimism Thursday that Myanmar was on the right path to democracy despite worrying "backsliding" on its much celebrated reform process.

Obama to press reform progress on Myanmar visit

Inya - Fears that Myanmar's reforms are stagnating are in the spotlight as it hosts US President Barack Obama Thursday during major regional summits showcasing the country's giddying transition from army-led isolation to international player.
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