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Obama: No Ground Troops to Fight ISIS' 'Face of Evil'

President says we'll keep calm and carry on with current airstrike strategy

(Newser) - Friday's terror attacks in Paris rocked the world, but President Obama appeared steadfast Monday in his overall strategy to go after the Islamic State. In a presser held after Turkey's G20 summit, Obama said that even though ISIS is "the face of evil" and that Paris' attacks... More »

Obama: 'Skies Darkened' After Paris

ISIS' shadow looms large as G20 summit kicks off in Turkey

(Newser) - President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to redouble US efforts to eliminate ISIS and end the Syrian civil war that fueled its rise, denouncing the group's horrifying terror spree in Paris as "an attack on the civilized world." Opening two days of talks with world leaders in Turkey,... More »

Aussie Autofill Error Leaks World Leaders' Private Info

Passport numbers for Obama, Putin, Merkel emailed to soccer group

(Newser) - You'd think if you had charge of the passport numbers of the planet's elite leaders you'd be pretty careful. But a hapless employee of Australian's immigration agency relied a little too much on autofill—and mistakenly sent an email with the passport numbers, visa info, and... More »

Aussie PM Threatens to 'Shirtfront' Putin

Russian embassy mocks Abbott's Aussie Rules talk

(Newser) - If Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walks it like he talks it, next month's G20 summit in Brisbane could be a more feisty affair than usual: Vladimir Putin will be in attendance, and Abbott says he plans to "shirtfront" the Russian leader over the downing of Malaysia Airlines... More »

Russia Gave Out Great G20 Swag, Er, Malware: Reports

USB sticks, cables in gift bags were spy tools, say 2 papers

(Newser) - Amid the uproar over NSA spying come reports that Russia gave G20 delegates at last month's summit an unexpected surprise in their gift bag: malware. That's according to two Italian newspapers, which report that among the swag handed out to guests were USB sticks and cellphone recharging cables... More »

Putin, Obama Meet, Agree to Disagree

Meanwhile, US orders embassy personnel out of Lebanon

(Newser) - Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin had a surprise one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit today, hashing out their disagreements on Syria without coming to any real conclusion. Obama described it as a "candid and constructive conversation" and Putin called it "substantial and constructive," according... More »

Obama, Putin Meet ... for All of 15 Seconds

They have a brief greeting at G20 summit

(Newser) - They were originally supposed to have a separate summit of their own. But instead, Vladimir Putin and President Obama managed all of 15 seconds of "tight smiles and a businesslike handshake" as Obama arrived in Russia for the G20 summit, reports Reuters . It might be all the face time... More »

After Putin Diss, Obama to Meet Russian Gay Activists

Prediction: the Kremlin will not be amused

(Newser) - Looks like President Obama has found something to fill the time he won't spend meeting with Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Russia this week: he's going to meet with gay rights activists instead. Buzzfeed confirms that LGBT organization Coming Out, human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and... More »

Obama Might Give Putin Cold Shoulder in Russia

White House hints he'll skip meeting in Moscow

(Newser) - President Obama is still going to Russia this fall to attend a G20 summit, but the White House is now suggesting that he'll back out of a face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow. All the coverage says it's Obama's way of making clear he's not... More »

UK Spied on Foreign Politicians at G20 Summit: Leaked Docs

And the NSA was spying on Dmitry Medvedev

(Newser) - Looks like it isn't just the US government snooping on phone calls: The Guardian says it has leaked documents that show the British government monitored the computers and intercepted phone calls of foreign politicians and officials who attended the 2009 G20 summit in London. According to the documents, the... More »

G20 Needs Better Bouncers

The group doesn't have to let in just everybody: essayists

(Newser) - Given the lousy state of the global economy, the nations now gathered for the G20 summit have some important work to do. Which is why it's surprising that the standards of membership are so lax, write Alex Brill and James Glassman in the Wall Street Journal . The invites got... More »

Obama, Putin: Syria Violence Must End

Two leaders meet on sidelines of the G20

(Newser) - President Obama and Vladimir Putin agreed today on the need for a political process in Syria to prevent civil war in the violence-torn country in a much-awaited one-on-one meeting at the G20. The two leaders met for two hours, and emerged emphasizing their commonalities. Highlights:
  • On Syria: Obama said that
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Obama, Putin Head for G20 Showdown

But overall Greece expected to dominate conversation

(Newser) - President Obama will meet with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Mexico today, in what promises to be a contentious tête-à-tête, the AFP reports. It will be Obama's first meeting with Putin since his re-ascendance to Russia's presidency, and the leaders don't seem... More »

Chance of Greek PM Losing Confidence Vote: High

Meanwhile, the G20 wrestles with Greece mess

(Newser) - Things aren’t looking good for George Papandreou ahead of tomorrow’s confidence vote: The Greek prime minister has lost several key supporters over his shocking plan to put the EU bailout to a vote on Dec. 4—and now has a majority of just one, Reuters reports. Greece's... More »

'Spectacular' Cyberattack Hit French Government

Chinese Internet addresses cited in attack seeking G20 docs

(Newser) - Hackers have broken into French finance ministry computers in a “spectacular” attack, prompting the government to take 10,000 machines offline, AFP reports. The attackers reportedly sought information "related to the French presidency of the G20 and to international economic affairs," says a security official. The cyberattack... More »

Ahead of G20, Obama, Sarkozy Seek United Economic Front

French, American presidents meet at White House

(Newser) - President Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy discussed ways to stabilize the world economy and prevent another global financial crisis today at the White House ahead of the G8 and G20 meetings, Bloomberg reports. While the two countries would seem to be at odds on world finance—many French officials believe that... More »

Let's Can the G20 Summit and Just Email Each Other

No one has any solutions to our mercantile imbalances

(Newser) - Here’s the electrifying agreement the G20 reached in Seoul: They vowed to create guidelines for rectifying trade imbalances—by the next G20 meeting. “Thank you, Baby Jesus, for this smoking hot procrastination,” writes Tunku Varadarajan in the Daily Beast . Basically, it was the same old story: China... More »

Headline Writers Agree: Obama's World Clout Wanes

That's one quick theme emerging from the summit

(Newser) - Look like a theme is emerging from the G20, at least judging by a spate of instant-analysis headlines now moving. And the White House won't like it:
  • New York Times : "Traveling in Asia, Obama's Glow Dims"
  • Wall Street Journal : "China's Hu Rebuffs Weakened Obama at Summit"
  • Independent : "
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'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 »

N. Korea Attack on G20 Feared

Diplomats fear bizarre balloon assault from Pyongyang

(Newser) - As the G20 summit in South Korea enters its second day, British diplomats fear that North Korea is planning to grab the spotlight with military action or even an attack on the summit. The summit is taking place just 50 miles from the border, and diplomats worry that the North... More »

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