In the context of the war in Syria, the G8's support for convening peace talks in Geneva "as soon as possible" and a pledge of US$1.5 billion in humanitarian aid are the diplomatic equivalent of motherhood and apple pie - a comforting reaffirmation of the decent and unobjWednesday, 19 June, 2013, 10:26pm
G8 leaders yesterday threw their weight behind calls for a peace conference on Syria to be held in Geneva "as soon as possible" and agreed to measures to tackle tax evasion.
At the end of two days of talks in Northern Ireland, the leaders also called for agreement on a transitional government in Syria "with full executive powers, formed by mutual consent".19 Jun 2013 - 4:48am 1 comment
Vladimir Putin's participation in the first G8 summit of his new term was supposed to seal his comeback to the global stage as Russia's paramount leader after winning a third presidential term last year.19 Jun 2013 - 1:52am
The leading developed nations have called for the creation of a global system to automatically funnel financial information about individuals and companies using offshore tax havens, but Switzerland does not want to co-operate.19 Jun 2013 - 8:43am
This week has seen Britain host the G8 summit as part of its presidency, which is focused on the "3 Ts": fairer taxes, freer trade and greater transparency.
These are critical issues for global prosperity, jobs and sustainable development. They are mutually reinforcing. We need to work towards common international approaches on these issues, and the G8 can add momentum.19 Jun 2013 - 1:26am
Leaders of eight of the world's wealthiest nations sought elusive progress on lowering trans-Atlantic trade barriers and pushing the warring factions in Syria towards the negotiating table as the G8 summit opened yesterday amid high security in peaceful Northern Ireland.18 Jun 2013 - 6:45am
British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering on Monday for the G8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms, and draw inspiration from the host country’s ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict.17 Jun 2013 - 2:49pm 1 comment
World leaders head to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on Monday looking to put pressure on Russia to back away from its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid growing Western efforts to arm the rebels.17 Jun 2013 - 2:34pm
An exclusion security zone around the picturesque lake where the G8 leaders are staying in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has been extended to a 10-kilometre no-sail area.17 Jun 2013 - 10:07am
Riot police clashed with anti-capitalist protesters in running confrontations through the streets of central London and arrested 32 people as activists targeted some of the world's biggest companies before next week's G8 summit.12 Jun 2013 - 1:31am