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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.

Myanmar hosts biggest cast of world leaders since reforms

Inya - Myanmar welcomes its biggest gathering of global leaders Wednesday since the start of reforms which have seen it shed pariah status despite deepening worries over the direction of its transition from decades of junta rule.

China wins APEC support for free trade 'roadmap'

Bejing - Asia-Pacific leaders Tuesday backed China's roadmap for a vast new free trade area rivalling US plans for the region at a summit in Beijing where Russian leader Vladimir Putin had a tense showdown with Barack Obama.

US wants China 'to do well', Obama says in announcing visa deal

Bejing - President Barack Obama announced a deal Monday to extend visas for Chinese visitors to the United States for up to a decade, insisting he wants China "to do well" despite simmering tensions between the world's two largest economies.

Xi, Abe meet as big-power rivalries take APEC centre-stage

Bejing - The leaders of China and Japan held an ice-breaking summit Monday after two years of dangerous animosity, as world leaders including Barack Obama gathered for an Asia-Pacific meeting spotlighting intensifying big-power rivalries.

Obama arrives in Beijing on Asia tour

Bejing - US President Barack Obama arrived in Beijing Monday for a regional summit, his first stop on a week-long Asian diplomatic tour.

Rising China, geopolitical tensions take stage at APEC

Bejing - World leaders including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin converge Monday in Beijing for an Asia-Pacific summit against the backdrop of a US-Russian chill and the inexorable rise of the meeting's increasingly assertive host.

Xi, Putin to 'harvest the fruits' of deepening ties

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin promised ever-closer cooperation Sunday as they met for the 10th time in less than two years.

Obama leaves for China, Myanmar, Australia tour

Washington - President Barack Obama headed for China Sunday on a trip that will focus on Washington's often tense relations with the country, and will also see the president visit Myanmar and Australia.

Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

Brussels - David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

Brussels - European Union leaders agreed Friday what they hailed as the world's most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.

Cyprus president ill, to skip EU summit

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised in Brussels with high blood pressure Thursday and asked Greece's premier to stand in for him at an EU summit, the government said."After prolonged nosebleeds the president...

EU leaders struggle for 'difficult' climate deal

Brussels - European Union leaders warned it would be tough to seal a high-stakes climate change deal as they began talks Thursday on a pact aimed at making Brussels a global trailblazer for decades to come.

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.
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King Street West in Toronto the Friday night before the G20 Summit was almost empty.
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Toronto's Harbour Police patrolling waterfront before the G20 summit begins.
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Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20 Summit; creating a ghost town in some areas of the city.
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Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talking during the G20 Summit in Toronto
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Toronto officials have erected a 3-metre (9 foot) security fence around areas of the downtown core ahead of the G20 Summit.
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Clowning it up at the G20 summit in Toronto, June 2010, inches from the riot squad
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The BRICS countries summit, April 2011.
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