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Obama Attends East Asia Summit Amid Sea Feud

China at center of multiple territorial disputes

(Newser) - President Obama is in Cambodia today, meeting with East Asian leaders amid a contentious territorial dispute over the South China Sea . Speaking publicly, neither Obama nor Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao responded to reporters' shouted questions about the tensions, the BBC reports. Instead, Obama referred to a "cooperative and constructive... More »

IMF to Italy, Spain: Get Help from Eurozone

But Rome says no ahead of EU summit

(Newser) - With a two-day EU summit beginning in Brussels tomorrow, the International Monetary Fund is calling on Italy and Spain to apply for eurozone assistance, hoping to cut losses in Europe's debt crisis. The eurozone is on the verge of establishing an environment that would ensure both countries can continue... More »

Island Nations Heat Up Climate Summit

But they don't expect big results in Cancun

(Newser) - Islands across the world are already feeling the burn of global warming, and they’re trying to get their voices heard at the climate change summit in Cancun, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 43 countries have banded together in an Alliance of Small Island States, which is voicing its... More »

'Guidelines,' No Specifics, at G20

Obama slams China over currency manipulation

(Newser) - G20 leaders have agreed to curb “persistently large imbalances” in saving and spending and set “indicative guidelines” against trade imbalances, but more specific decisions on how to identify and fix said imbalances were left until next year, reports the New York Times . The finance minsters are to agree... More »

G20 Arrest Total Soars Above 500

Police raid follows widespread violence

(Newser) - Police in Toronto conducted a large raid and rounded up more protesters today in an effort to quell further violence at the global economic summit after black-clad youths rampaged through the city, smashing windows and torching police cruisers. Police said they have arrested more than 500 demonstrators, many of whom... More »

56 Newspapers Call for Climate Change Action

An appeal to 'the better angels of our nature'

(Newser) - On the eve of the Copenhagen climate change summit, 56 newspapers from around the globe have published a joint editorial urging that world governments act to curb climate change. Aware that the summit cannot produce a full, binding treaty, the papers call for politicians to agree on a framework—with... More »

Sarko's $400K Shower Steams French

French president's turn as EU chief cost double the usual amount

(Newser) - The French Senate is perhaps understandably miffed at the outrageous price tag of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 6-month stint as president of the European Union. The half-year job of hosting meetings and events appears to have cost $262 million, which is borne mostly by the host nation, an official tells the... More »

Protests? Pittsburgh Just Glad for Respect

Natives took the today's version of anarchy in characteristic stride

(Newser) - Native Pittsburghers definitely saw a motley crew of protesters invade for the G-20 summit this week, and were generally pretty unfazed. “It’s cool. People need to speak their mind,” one local told Bari Weiss, writing for the Wall Street Journal. “They didn’t bother anyone.”... More »

Obama Set to Bankrupt US, Appease Foes

Wrongheaded policies to be on display at UN, G20 meetings

(Newser) - President Obama's agenda can be summed up as "beggar thy neighbor, bankrupt thy country, and appease thy foe," as can be seen in his plans for summit meetings this week, Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal. The president chairs a UN Security Council meeting on... More »

G-20 Summit Puts Spotlight on Reborn Pittsburgh

City managed to reverse decline after collapse of Big Steel destroyed its economy

(Newser) - The choice of Pittsburgh for this week's G20 summit highlight a Rust Belt success story, Kris Mamula writes in Portfolio. The smokestacks and steel mills Mamula remembers from his Pittsburgh childhood are long gone, victims of the collapse of Big Steel that left the city in a state similar to... More »

This Camel Climbed Mount Washington

(Newser) - A camel named Josh has joined the ranks of backwards-walkers and wheelbarrow-pushers to become the first of his kind to summit New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the Union Leader reports. Josh and his support team of two handlers, two horses, and a dog took 6 hours to reach the 6,... More »

Medvedev, Obama Agree to Roll Back Nukes

(Newser) - President Barack Obama said he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are countering "a sense of drift" in relations between their nations with preliminary agreement Monday to reduce the world's two largest nuclear stockpiles to as few as 1,500 warheads each. "We must lead by example, and that's... More »

Obama to Host G20 in Pittsburgh

Former steel capital showcases economic recovery: White House

(Newser) - The Obama administration has picked Pittsburgh to host September’s G20 summit, where leaders representing 85% of the world’s economy will measure progress since the last meeting and discuss further action to curb the global crisis, the Post-Gazette reports. Hit hard by the steel industry’s decline, the revitalized... More »

Surprise: G20 Had More Substance Than Hot Air

(Newser) - Unlike most economic summits, the G20 talks have delivered more than just a promise to talk some more in the future, Steven Pearlstein writes in the Washington Post. The meeting may not have been the turning point declared by President Obama, but the market-boosting measures agreed upon represent a more... More »

Obamas Arrive in Britain

President readies for G20 summit tomorrow

(Newser) - President Obama has arrived in Europe, with a hefty economic and political agenda for his first journey across the Atlantic since taking office two months ago. The first stop for the president and first lady was London, with the focus on the G20 meeting of the world's major economic powers... More »

Kennedy Plans Stop at Health Summit

Would be the senator's first public appearance since inauguration

(Newser) - Ill health hasn’t stopped Ted Kennedy from planning a surprise visit to today’s White House health-care reform summit, the Washington Post reports. The senator will appear with President Obama if his health permits, said administration insiders. Kennedy, a strong advocate for universal health care, is suffering from brain... More »

Fiscal Summit Not Exactly a Hot Ticket

(Newser) - When President Obama announced his fiscal responsibility summit, it sounded like a momentous occasion. Turns out it was so momentous no one bothered to show up, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post. Administration big-wigs like Paul Volcker and Leon Panetta skipped out on the panels they were supposed to... More »

14 al-Qaeda Suspects Arrested During EU Summit

Huge police operation as European leaders arrive in Brussels

(Newser) - Belgian police have arrested 14 people with suspected links to al-Qaeda, including 3 who allegedly were planning an attack. The Guardian reports that the suspects may have been planning a suicide bombing at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, which opened today and is being attended by all the... More »

China Scraps Summit Over EU Meetings With Dalai Lama

Relations between Brussels and Beijing hit a new low

(Newser) - The Chinese government canceled a summit with leaders of the EU in response to the plans of several European countries to host the Dalai Lama next month, the Financial Times reports. The summit was to address the global financial crisis, and an EU statement expressed regret that China pulled out.... More »

Developing Nations Get a Say in Economic Summit

Signals expanding of world power

(Newser) - When George Bush convenes his economic summit today, he’ll see some less familiar faces around the table. In what could signal a historic shift in global power, Bush hasn’t just invited the wealthy nations of the G-8 to this summit, but a wider Group of 20, including developing... More »

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