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2006-07-16 17:55:46

By Michael Steen ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Leaders of the major world powers face a packed agenda including trade talks and a possible statement on world oil prices on Monday, the last day of a G8 summit overshadowed by violence in the Middle East. Sunday's proceedings were dominated by high diplomacy as leaders met a pressing need to formulate a response to the escalating violence in the Middle East, where Israel has bombed Lebanon in retaliation for attacks by Hizbollah...

2006-06-10 05:48:55

By Gernot Heller ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Finance ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) economic powers were set to appeal on Saturday for solidarity with fast-growing economies such as China to nurture non-inflationary economic growth worldwide. Meeting in St Petersburg, the ministers will issue a statement of confidence in economic growth in 2006, highlighting fears nonetheless over high oil prices, inflation or instability from "imbalances" such as a huge U.S. trade...

2006-04-07 02:53:28

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has bought a fleet of Israeli water cannon to douse anti-globalization protesters when second city St Petersburg hosts the Group of Eight summit this summer, a newspaper reported on Friday. Restrictions on foreigners traveling to Russia and tight security at the July 15-17 summit make it unlikely there will be a repeat of the noisy protests seen at previous G8 gatherings. But Russian police are taking no chances. "A consignment of these vehicles has been...

2006-03-24 09:58:31

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday it will use new unmanned drones to help provide security during a summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations in July. RIA news agency quoted Deputy Interior Minister Mikhail Sukhodolsky as saying the ministry had already tried out the gadgets but said he gave few details about the drones. "The Russian Interior Ministry is having its first experience of using pilotless flying apparatus, the first models of which we have already put...

2005-07-07 11:26:19

By Andrew Gray GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - A series of attacks in London threw the Group of Eight summit into disarray on Thursday, forcing British Prime Minister Tony Blair to rush from the venue in Scotland to handle the crisis. Blair, backed by all the leaders of the G8 industrialized nations and guest countries including China and India, vowed the summit would continue regardless and said he would return to the gathering at the Gleneagles hotel in the evening. "It is particularly...

2005-07-07 04:47:39

By Andrew Gray GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - World leaders tried on Thursday to finalize an agreement on climate change that could bring together the United States, other rich nations and major developing economies such as China and India. Any deal at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Scotland is unlikely to satisfy environmentalists who want all countries to sign up to binding targets on the carbon emissions that scientists say are causing the world to heat up. British Prime Minister...

2005-07-07 02:57:42

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - British police surrounded a G8 protest campsite on Thursday after a day of sometimes violent confrontation around the summit of the Group of Eight industrial nations. Officers said they had thrown a security cordon around the campsite in the town of Stirling, 32 km (20 miles) south of Gleneagles, to protect public safety. They were allowing protesters to come and go as long as they submitted to body searches. They said everything was quiet. But protesters,...

2005-07-06 11:39:05

By Jeremy Lovell GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Riot police clashed with protesters close to the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland on Wednesday after a demonstration against Group of Eight (G8) leaders ended in chaos. Around 100 officers in full riot gear mounted a baton charge to drive protesters away from a security fence surrounding the hotel, where President Bush and his G8 counterparts were due to meet. Demonstrators from a range of anti-capitalist, anti-globalization and anarchist...

2005-07-05 15:52:05

By Jeremy Lovell GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Radical protesters whohave gathered close to the venue for the G8 summit of richnations aim to put the leaders under siege when they arrive atthis Scottish resort on Wednesday. Youth groups, peace protesters, anti-capitalists,anarchists, anti-globalization campaigners and environmentalactivists are among groups determined to disrupt the three-daysummit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations. "We will be mounting blockades with the...

2005-06-27 16:50:59

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair vowed on Monday topress for agreement among world powers to tackle the causes ofclimate change but admitted he was a long way from achievingit. The prime minister will host a summit of leaders from theGroup of Eight nations in Gleneagles, Scotland, next week.African poverty and global warming top his agenda. "I think on Africa there is a real sense of comingtogether. Climate change is obviously very difficult," Blairtold a news...