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African Union buckles as Burundi force blocked by government refusal

Addis Ababa - African leaders failed on Sunday to authorise a proposed peacekeeping force to stem violence in Burundi in the face of vehement opposition from the government in Bujumbura.

UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate troops

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned African leaders Saturday of the need for action in troubled Burundi at a summit aiming to end armed crises across the continent.

Freedom and openness will beat terrorism: Trudeau

Davos - Governments must defend the values of free and open societies against jihadist attacks and not yield to fear, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Cameron cornered on EU migrants as referendum looms

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron is rolling over his EU renegotiation bid into 2016, as member nations seek a deal on the contentious issue of welfare handouts for migrants.

Eastern Europeans in UK reject stereotypes amid EU standoff

London - As Prime Minister David Cameron hunts for a deal on restricting benefits for EU migrants, eastern Europeans in Britain say they are weary of stereotypes casting them as workshy.

Germany-Italy clash ends year of crisis for EU

Brussels - A clash between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel highlighted fresh EU divisions on Friday despite efforts to present a unified front after a crisis-ridden 2015.

Cameron hails 'good progress' on EU reform deal

Brussels - British Prime Minister David Cameron closed in on a difficult reform deal with European Union leaders at a summit but warned there would be hard work to seal an accord by February as hoped.

Migrant crisis, Britain dominate European summit

Brussels - European leaders tackled the migration crisis and Britain's reform demands at a summit on Thursday, twin challenges threatening the unity of the EU as one of the toughest years in its history draws to a close.

EU warns Britain over summit demands

Brussels - EU leaders warned Britain over its "unacceptable" reform demands and urged greater unity on the migrant crisis Thursday at a summit marking the end of one of the bloc's toughest ever years.

Turkey-Russia summit cancelled: Kremlin

Moscow - Russia on Monday said a summit between President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan pencilled in for December 15 had been cancelled, with ties between the two leaders in tatters over the downing of a Russian warplane.

'Very difficult' issues dog climate talks: Kerry

Le Bourget - World powers must still make tough decisions to agree a global climate pact that will head off the threat of global warming, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday."We had a very constructive meeting.

Gulf rulers promise global meet to rebuild Yemen

Riyadh - Gulf monarchs on Thursday pledged a global conference on the reconstruction of Yemen, which a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing for eight months to help the government fight rebels.

Gulf rulers back 'political solution' for Syria

Riyadh - Gulf monarchs on Thursday endorsed a "political solution" for war-ravaged Syria, under an international framework agreed to last month.

Saudi king opens summit calling for Syria, Yemen solutions

Riyadh - Saudi King Salman called for political solutions to the wars in Syria and Yemen, while condemning "terrorism," at the opening of an annual Gulf summit in Riyadh.

New Commonwealth chief pledges group will get gutsy

Valletta - Critics brand the Commonwealth ineffectual, but its incoming chief believes the 53-country organisation can use its strength to achieve miracles -- such as eradicating domestic violence.

More hope for Paris climate deal after Commonwealth accord

Valletta - The Commonwealth climate change agreement has made a deal at the upcoming Paris COP21 talks more likely, the 53-country organisation said Sunday, though one country expressed reservations over parts of the accord.

Commonwealth leaders retreat to fortress to finalise climate deal

Valletta - The Commonwealth was finalising fresh agreements on climate change and turning its focus to tackling radicalisation and corruption on Saturday as leaders retreated to a medieval Maltese fortress for intimate talks.

Hollande fears handful could block climate summit

Valletta - French President Francois Hollande called on all countries to back a UN climate deal at talks opening in Paris on Monday, but said he feared "a few" nations could derail the process.

Queen Elizabeth kicks off Commonwealth summit with climate focus

Valletta - World leaders gathered for pressing talks on climate change as the 2015 Commonwealth summit launched Friday following a colourful ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II.

Climate crunch to dominate Commonwealth summit

Valletta - The 2015 Commonwealth Summit kicks off on Friday to a grand opening ceremony with Queen Elizabeth, followed by intense working sessions where world leaders will grapple with climate change.

EU to open new chapter of Turkish membership talks: Ankara

Istanbul - Turkey's minister of European Union affairs said Thursday that Brussels had agreed to open a new chapter in stalled membership talks with Turkey by mid-December, following an EU-Turkey summit this weekend.

Queen Elizabeth makes nostalgic 'homecoming' to Malta

Valletta - Queen Elizabeth II arrived in a rainswept Malta on Thursday for a memory-evoking state visit to the Mediterranean island where she lived as a carefree princess in the early 1950s.

China under fresh fire over sea rows as US courts SE Asia

Kuala Lumpur - China came under renewed criticism Sunday over its rising profile in the South China Sea as it jostled with the United States for regional influence at the conclusion to a week of top-level diplomacy.

Asia-Pacific summit season to wrap up

Kuala Lumpur - Asia-Pacific leaders on Sunday wrap up a week of diplomacy on trade and security issues that has been jolted by revulsion over the recent jihadist attacks.

Focus on jihad attacks as Asia-Pacific leaders reconvene

Kuala Lumpur - Asia-Pacific leaders meeting in Malaysia on Saturday condemned the string of Islamic extremist attacks from Paris to Mali, urging an international effort to fight the scourge.

Terrorism, sea dispute top agenda as Asia leaders reconvene

Kuala Lumpur - Terrorism and territorial tensions are expected to dominate discussions when Asia-Pacific leaders reconvene for a fresh round of summitry in Malaysia on Saturday.

Asia Pacific leaders urge ramped-up terror fight

Manila - Asia Pacific leaders called Thursday for more global cooperation in the struggle against terrorism, as a wave of deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group dominated the final day of a regional trade summit.

Final day of Asia-Pacific talks sidetracked by sea dispute

Manila - Asia-Pacific leaders will on Thursday wrap up two days of talks in Manila that have been overshadowed by an arm-wrestle for regional influence between the United States and China.

Filipina gives birth on pavement in APEC traffic chaos

Manila - A Filipina gave birth on the pavement in Manila after getting caught in traffic chaos caused by a regional gathering of world leaders, police said Wednesday.

Obama ups pressure on China at Asia-Pacific summit

Manila - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanded China end artificial island building in the hotly contested South China Sea, upping the pressure on Beijing at a regional leaders' summit.
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