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Russia divides G7 leaders as Trump pushes for readmission

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:52 AM

US President Donald Trump, who will host next year's G7 summit, says he would certainly invite Russia to the event, though he doubted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would want to come if it was only as a guest

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks before ahead of their meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Pompeo to skip G7 foreign ministers talks in France

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:01 AM

Officials did not explain Pompeo's absence. But the move comes amid a long list of disagreements, including the US rejection of international agreements on ending Iran's nuclear program and fighting climate change.

MIKE POMPEO. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Appropriations Committee's State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee about his departments FY2020 budget request March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

China's Xi says new Silk Road runs both ways as Italy signs up

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Italy has rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping, who will on March 23 sign a memorandum of understanding for Rome to join the $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative

NEW SILK ROAD. This photo taken and handout on March 22, 2019 by the Quirinale Presidential Press Office shows Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands after addressing a press conference following their meeting at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, as part of a two-day visit to Italy. AFP PHOTO / QUIRINALE PRESS OFFICE

Merkel on Trump G7 tweets: 'Sobering and a little depressing'

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:12 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the word 'depressed' was 'already a lot, coming from me,' in an ironic reference to her usual unflappable appearance

G7 SUMMIT. A photo released on Twitter by the German government's spokesman Steffen Seibert on June 9, 2018, and taken by the German government's photographer Jesco Denzel, shows US President Donald Trump (right) talking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) and surrounded by other G7 leaders during a meeting of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Jesco Denzel/Bundesregierung/AFP

$3 billion pledged for girls education at G7

Jun 10, 2018 - 2:08 PM

The funds give 'young women in developing countries the opportunity to pursue careers instead of early marriage and child labor,' says activist Malala Yousafzai

G7. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec will host the 44th G7 summit in 2018. File Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP

U.S. blames Canada for G7 fiasco, says Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:31 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump takes exception to comments made by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference on the ground in Quebec

G7 SUMMIT. G7 leaders pose for the family photo during the G7 Summit on June 8, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. From left are European Council President Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. Photo by Pool/AFP

Russia brushes off possibility of G8 return

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Russia is 'working fine in other formats' such as the Group of 20, says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

G7 calls on Russia to answer for Salisbury nerve agent attack

Apr 17, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'We call on Russia to urgently address all questions related to the incident in Salisbury,' foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations say in a joint statement

SPY POISONING. British police officers stand on duty at a cordon leading to a residential housing estate as Military personnel in wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Canada's G7 presidency: a 'progressive agenda' at risk

Dec 30, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that he wants the Group of Seven talks to focus on 'finding real, concrete solutions' to issues

G7. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec will host the 44th G7 summit in 2018. File Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP

G7, tech giants agree on plan to block jihadist content online

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Senior executives from the internet giants and Microsoft attended the ministerial session devoted to the issue but did not offer any explanation of how they might go about clamping down on web extremists

G7. EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, US Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti, France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd and the Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission from Japan Achiro Hoconogi address a press conference at the end of the G7 summit of Interior Ministers in Ischia island, on October 20, 2017. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

4th UPDATE Italy and the overwhelming majority of countries regard Paris as irreversible and non negotiable says Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti

HEADING TO BOLOGNA. In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

New Trump attack on Germany widens transatlantic rift

May 31, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Trump takes to Twitter to once again demand that Germany renegotiate the terms of transatlantic trade and boost its defense spending

In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a working lunch during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7 on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. Justin Tallis/AFP

G7 finance chiefs talk cyber security in wake of attacks

May 13, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The malicious software freezes files on computers demanding a ransom to grant access to them

G7 backs Tillerson ahead of Syria talks in Moscow

Apr 11, 2017 - 2:44 PM

UPDATED The G7 ministers say they aim to send a clear and coordinated message to Moscow where Tillerson is due to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov

FOREIGN MINISTERS' SUMMIT. The G7 Ministerial Working Session in Lucca, Italy, on April 10, 2017. US State Department photo/Public Domain

Brexit a 'serious risk to growth' – G7 leaders

May 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The comments highlight international concern over the possibility of so called Brexit as British voters prepare for a June 23 referendum to decide whether to leave the 28 country bloc

BREXIT. The United Kingdom EU (Brexit) referendum poll card is displayed in London, Britain, May 23, 2016, or a month before Britons vote whether to remain or leave the EU, on June 23. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

China hits back as G7 talk about economy

May 27, 2016 - 12:49 AM

Beijing launches a stinging broadside against the group – Britain Canada France Germany Italy Japan and the US – which it said should not pursue selfish interests

G7 SUMMIT. G7 members pose for a photo on the first day of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Shima, Mie prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016. Photo by Asahi Shimbun/EPA

Germany's Merkel says G7 has no plans to lift Russia sanctions

May 26, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Her comments come on the sidelines of G7 summit talks in Japan ahead of a formal communique from the club of rich nations due Friday

G7 SUMMIT. Members of the G7 pose for a family photo on the first day of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Shima, Mie prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016. Photo by Asahi Shimbun/EPA

Chinese state media warns G7 against South China Sea 'meddling'

May 26, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The commentary comes as European Council President Donald Tusk says on the sidelines of a summit in Ise Shima that the bloc should take a clear and tough stance on China s contested maritime claims

(From L) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk past the Kaguraden as they visit Ise-Jingu Shrine in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, on May 26, 2016 on the first day of the G7 leaders summit. Carolyn Kaster/Pool/AFP

Obama says G7 Hiroshima trip to honor 'all' war dead

May 25, 2016 - 11:00 PM

UPDATED It will be Obama s trip to Hiroshima as the only sitting president to visit the site of the world s first nuclear attack that is likely to dominate the headlines this week

G7 SUMMIT. US President Barack Obama (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint press conference after their bilateral meeting in Shima, Mie prefecture, Japan, May 25, 2016. Photo by Jiji Press/EPA

G7 warns over global economy as currency row flares

May 22, 2016 - 7:00 AM

G7 finance ministers also oppose Britain s possible exit from the European Union as well as vow to clamp down on terrorist financing

epa05318873 Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso (C) chairs the session one meeting of the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting at Akiu in Sendai, Miyai Prefecture, northern Japan, 20 May 2016. The G7 meeting is held 20 and 21 May 2016. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA / POOL

'Brexit' in spotlight at G7 meeting in Japan

May 21, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The G7 – which also includes the US Japan Germany France Italy and Canada – backs Britain remaining in the EU

BREXIT? Finance ministers, central bank governors and representatives of world economic organizations start the session one meeting of the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting at Akiu in Sendai, Miyai Prefecture, northern Japan,  May 20, 2016. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Currency wars, fiscal stimulus rift in focus at G7 meeting

May 18, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Japan believes large scale stimulus spending is the way to spur global growth but Germany and Britain are not keen on the idea

epa04391995 A Tokyo money dealer is waiting for sell calls during trade in Tokyo, Japan, 09 September 2014, as the US dollar rises to the 106 yen low range, more than one yen from the previous day. Japanese finance minister Taro Aso showed on 09 September his concern about recent sharp currency moves of the US dollar, which is hitting the highest level in six years against the Japanese yen. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Italy, Japan urge G7 to spend for growth

May 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Prime ministers Matteo Renzi and Shinzo Abe call for greater flexibility on budgetary policies ahead of the G7 Summit

epa05286890 Italian Premier Matteo Renzi (R) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) for a bilateral meeting in Florence, Italy, 02 May 2016. Shinzo Abe is in Italy on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the bilateral relations between Japan and Italy. EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL' INNOCENTI

Beijing summons G7 envoys over South China Sea statement

Apr 13, 2016 - 8:47 PM

G7 foreign ministers issue a joint statement this week saying: We are concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and emphasize the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes

G7. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Fumio Kishida, John Kerry, Philip Hammond, Stephane Dion, and Federica Mogherini offer wreaths at the Memorial Cenotaph for the 1945 atomic bombing victims in Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, April 11, 2016. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/EPA

China slams G7 statement on maritime disputes

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:38 AM

We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes

CALL FOR RESTRAINT. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back center L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the 4th session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

G7 calls for restraint in Asian maritime disputes

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

G7 countries – the US Britain Canada France Germany Italy and Japan – say they oppose provocative actions in the East and South China Seas

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back centre L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the fourth session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. G7 foreign ministers on April 10 began two days of talks in Hiroshima, with John Kerry's visit to the atom-bombed city -- the first-ever by a US secretary of state -- overshadowing the broader agenda. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Kerry 'deeply moved' by visit to Hiroshima memorial

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:23 AM

3rd UPDATE US Secretary of State John Kerry urges US President Barack Obama to also visit the gut wrenching memorial

HISTORIC VISIT. (L to R) European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, Canada's Foreign Minister Stephane Dion, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault pose after laying a wreath at the Memorial Cenotaph for the 1945 atomic bombing victims in the Peace Memorial Park, on the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Kerry arrives in Japan for landmark Hiroshima visit

Apr 10, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Kerry s trip is seen as possibly paving the way for Barack Obama to become the first serving US president to journey to the thriving metropolis next month

US Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels, Belgium, March 25, 2016. Julien Warnand/EPA

G7 warns Russia of more sanctions, pledges climate action

Jun 08, 2015 - 9:45 PM

UPDATED At a luxury retreat nestled in the picture perfect Bavarian Alps the leaders of the most powerful countries also tackled threats to global security posed by Islamist extremism and risks to the world economy from Greece

ROUNDTABLE. (R-L, clockwise), US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council President Donald Tusk, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, sitting together at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, June 8, 2015, at the third session of their G7 meeting. Michael Kappeler/Pool/EPA

United against 'Russian aggression', G7 to focus on jihadists

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:34 AM

The leaders are set to present a united front against global security threats ranging from jihadist insurgencies to Russian aggression in Ukraine

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION. (Clockwise front L-R) EU Council President Donald Tusk, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Francois Hollande, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker attend a working dinner in Elmau, Germany, June 7, 2015. Michael Kappeler/EPA

Aquino on Espina, Binay vs Poe, ‘royal baby’ | The wRap

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The president confirms Espina did resign Binay’s camp claims it’s not worried about Grace Poe The countdown for the ‘royal baby’ begins

G7 foreign ministers hit China reclamation

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:51 AM

We strongly oppose any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation coercion or force G7 foreign ministers say

VOICING CONCERN. (L-R) German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini en route to the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in Luebeck, Germany, on April 15, 2015. The two-day gathering of envoys from France, Britain, Germany, Canada, the United States, Italy, and Japan marks the beginning of the intensive stage of Germany's chairmanship of the group. Photo by Carsten Rehder/EPA

Japan says Chinese ships in disputed waters

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:46 AM

UPDATED A coast guard official says two Chinese ships have now entered the Japanese territorial waters

G7 leaders take tough message to Putin on Ukraine

Jun 05, 2014 - 11:45 PM

US President Barack Obama says Russia had to recognize Ukraine s president elect Petro Poroshenko withdraw troops from Ukrainian borders and stop backing pro Moscow rebels who are destabilizing eastern Ukraine

WESTERN POWERS. G7 heads of state, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C, clockwise), European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a working session during the second day of the G7 Summit, at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/ EPA.

G7 to Russia: Curb Ukraine unrest or face new sanctions

Jun 05, 2014 - 10:16 AM

G7 leaders hope for constructive talks with Vladimir Putin while bracing to give Moscow further punitive measures

G7 SUMMIT. US President Barack Obama (C) is welcomed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (R), June 4, 2014. Julien Warnand/EPA

West prepares Russia sanctions amid fears of Ukraine invasion

Apr 27, 2014 - 8:20 AM

The Group of Seven top economies and the European Union signalled they would step up economic pressure on Moscow early next week