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2009-09-27 23:01:00

Global strife pushed economic concerns off the table at a press conference in Pittsburgh, despite President Barack Obama's opening remarks. Obama certainly set the table, using the Group of 20 conference to reveal an allegedly secret facility in Iran that the president said pointed to suspicious nuclear intentions. In a brief news conference, the press later had enough time to ask Obama four questions. Only one -- and that one obliquely -- referred to the G20 meeting, as Jon Delano of CBS...

2009-09-25 18:30:00

-- Evading anti-poverty action on future agendas would be "unacceptable," agency says -- World Vision calls on G8 and G20 leaders to keep promises on hunger, health, development agenda PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The move to make the G20 the world's leading economic body holds potential for broader coordination in the global fight against poverty and hunger, though it may also pose risks for achieving promises made by G8 leaders at previous summits, say aid policy...

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2009-09-25 17:18:22

Group of 20 leaders in Pittsburgh have agreed in principal to economic changes critics said had little enforcement behind them. The United States found support for its economic Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth and for moving Europe to give developing nations more clout at the International Monetary Fund. U.S. leaders also found agreement for countries to phase out oil subsidies, but the agreement had no deadline and limited effect, critics said. The directive says oil...

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2009-09-25 15:01:58

Group of 20 leaders in Pittsburgh has agreed in principal to phase out oil subsidies, while giving no deadline for doing so, a group statement said. In a communique, national leaders Friday agreed to a November deadline to come up with a range of possible options for funding climate change mitigation efforts, but it did not come up with a concrete deadline to begin funding, The Wall Street Journal reported. The directive concerning subsidies is to phase out programs over the medium term,...

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2009-09-24 05:55:00

The global financial crisis and how to deal with it in the future is the overriding discussion topic as the Group of 20 economic summit begins in Pittsburgh. Leaders representing 85 percent of the world's economic output traveled to Pittsburgh Thursday for the two-day summit. The White House is showcasing the host city, which U.S. President Barack Obama says exhibited a 21st century rise from the ashes after a well-documented plunge following the closing of much of the city's steel industry,...

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2009-09-24 06:01:41

Now that the global economy appears to be on an upswing, Internet giant Google is prepared to resume its buying of companies, according to AFP. "Acquisitions are back on," chairman and chief executive Eric Schmidt told reporters on Wednesday following a pep talk of sorts to students and business leaders in Pittsburgh the night before the G20 summit of the world's largest economies. While no details were provided on what major companies Google has its eye on, during a talk hosted by the...

2009-09-23 11:14:00

"Road sign" underscores the danger of global warming inaction PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Greenpeace activists are in the process of rappelling off of Pittsburgh's iconic West End bridge with a massive banner displaying their message to G20 leaders gathering for tomorrow's summit. The banner, nearly 80-feet by 30-feet in size, took the form of a stylized "road sign" that warns of the political maneuvering and delay that have put a international climate treaty in...

2009-09-22 04:00:00

-- World Vision calls on U.S. Congress, G20 leaders to push forward commitments to end hunger -- Climate change also affecting food security; global leaders must provide adequate funding to help poor communities adapt PITTSBURGH, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As world leaders gather at the United Nations and G20 meetings this week, the future of the $20 billion food security initiative first proposed at July's G8 summit remains uncertain, say aid policy experts at Christian...

2009-09-16 12:40:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunesys LLC's technology and broadband capabilities will be showcased during the world's first G20 Student Summit, to be held this Thursday, September 17, 2009. The summit, sponsored by Sunesys in conjunction with Allegheny County Intermediate Unit and The World Affairs Council will connect U.S. high school students electronically, in real time, to teenagers in Brazil, Italy, South Africa and the Country of Georgia. A newly built advanced, fiber optic...

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2009-09-14 11:05:00

The secretary-general of the Elysee said French President Sarkozy could walk out on next week's Group of 20 meeting if leaders fail to act on bank bonuses. In a radio interview, Secretary-General Claude Gueant -- Nicolas Sarkozy's chief of staff -- said a threat to walk out of the Sept. 24-25 G20 meeting in Pittsburgh should be taken very seriously, The Times of London reported Monday. The head of state is extremely determined as he was at the G20 in London a few months ago when he pushed for...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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