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2006-07-16 03:44:41

By Steve Holland and David Clarke ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - World leaders at a big-power summit on Sunday strove to forge a unified position on the Middle East crisis with President Bush uncompromisingly saying Israel had the right to defend itself. The Group of Eight leaders, closeted in a tsarist-era palace on the Gulf of Finland, were working on a joint statement on the worsening Middle East situation where Israel is bombing Lebanon to punish Hizbollah guerrilla attacks...

2006-07-15 20:08:38

By Michael Steen ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - The leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations will seek on Sunday to close a widening rift over how best to calm violence in the Middle East. Israel's bombing of Lebanon has forced its way to the top of the agenda of the G8 summit in St Petersburg, driving a wedge between the United States, a strong backer of Israel, and those who say Israel is being too violent. Israel launched its most destructive onslaught on Lebanon...

2006-07-15 13:46:12

By Caren Bohan and Christian Lowe ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Middle East conflict muscled its way onto the Group of Eight agenda on Saturday, setting the United States, a strong backer of Israel, against those who say the Jewish state has been too violent. President Bush has called on Israel to avoid civilian casualties but has refused to tell it to halt its bombardment of Lebanon, which G8 partner France and the European Union have called an excessive response to Hizbollah...

2006-07-14 04:50:36

By Douglas Busvine ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President George W. Bush arrived in Russia on Friday planning to press President Vladimir Putin at a weekend G8 summit over concerns the Kremlin is curbing the rights of the Russian opposition and media. After pledging to "continually remind Russia" that good ties with the West depend on sharing common democratic values, Bush flew to St Petersburg from Germany, a day before a meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrial...

2006-07-14 02:38:06

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and the United States resumed marathon talks on Friday aimed at reaching agreement on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization ahead of a Group of Eight summit. The Kremlin is keen for a deal before the weekend G8 summit in the northern city of St Petersburg, where President Vladimir Putin will host world leaders including George W. Bush. The two leaders were to meet later in the day. The WTO negotiations went into a third day on...

2006-07-13 11:56:18

By Christian Lowe ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Group of Eight leaders will gloss over differences on energy security at a summit in Russia this weekend, saving the sharpest exchanges for first-time host President Vladimir Putin over democracy. Away from the low-key formal agenda for the summit, diplomats say leaders will discuss steps to contain the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea, while U.S. and Russian negotiators are thrashing out a trade deal for their two...

2006-07-11 05:12:46

By Denis Pinchuk ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Vladimir Soloveichik had some unexpected visitors. It was a group of officials from the draft board telling him he had to report immediately for military duty. His friends have also had call-ups. They all have two things in common: they live in St. Petersburg, venue for this weekend's Group of Eight summit, and they are opposition activists, the sort of people the police do not want spoiling the talks. "Right now there are police...

2006-07-11 06:12:51

By Douglas Busvine MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States and Russia are poised to sign a deal on the eve of the Group of Eight summit paving the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization, officials and diplomats said on Tuesday. The White House played up hopes that Russia's decade-old bid to join the WTO could clear the last major hurdle when presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin meet on Friday, the eve of the G8 summit in St Petersburg. Russia's Itar-Tass news...

2006-07-11 03:23:21

By Douglas Busvine MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States and Russia may sign a deal on the eve of the Group of Eight summit paving the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization, officials, diplomats and media said on Tuesday. The White House played up hopes that Russia's decade-old bid to join the WTO could clear their last major hurdle when presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin meet on the eve of the summit in St Petersburg. Diplomatic sources in Moscow said a...

2006-07-07 11:50:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - G8 leaders will discuss trade issues, including the stalled Doha Development round of talks, at a summit in Russia this month but as yet there are no plans for a separate gathering of the G6 group of leading trade powers, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said on Friday. "There are no current plans for a gathering of the G6 or full WTO membership but certainly those could be pulled together fairly quickly and all of us would not be surprised if we end up...


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