| Jul 12, 2009

Press unimpressed by handouts

ROME — The global economic downturn may be showing signs of improvement, but Italy kept its gifts to journalists modest this year compared with the high-tech gadgets handed out last July in Toyako, Hokkaido. Media press kits, traditionally prepared by the host government of ...

| Jul 12, 2009

'56 accord basis for isles: Russia

L’AQUILA, Italy (Kyodo) Moscow intends to negotiate with Tokyo on the territorial dispute over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido on the basis of the 1956 Japanese-Soviet joint declaration, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev indicated Friday. The declaration, signed in Moscow in the midst of the Cold ...

$20 billion food aid vowed at G8

| Jul 11, 2009

$20 billion food aid vowed at G8

by Jun Hongo

Leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations and other countries pledged Friday to provide $20 billion over the next three years to increase food production in developing nations, up from an initial $15 billion target. In a chairman’s summary released Friday, Italian Prime ...

| Jul 10, 2009

Gist of G8 declaration on economy, climate, Africa

On the world economy, the G8 leaders: See signs of stabilization in the global economy but acknowledge that significant downside risks remain. Must stay vigilant to ensure a more balanced and sustainable growth path through improved financial systems and sound fundamentals. Agree on the ...

| Jul 10, 2009

G8 eyes 80% emissions cut by 2050

by Jun Hongo

Leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations agreed on the first day of their summit to seek an 80 percent cut in their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared with 1990 or more recent years. The climate accord reached Wednesday in L’Aquila, Italy, ...

G8 summit gets off to rough start

| Jul 9, 2009

G8 summit gets off to rough start

by Jun Hongo

ROME — With the relevance of the Group of Eight being challenged by emerging powers, the G8 leaders got down to business Wednesday addressing climate change and what their next move might be when and if the global recession subsides. But the launch of ...

Climate unity a cloud on G8 horizon

| Jul 8, 2009

Climate unity a cloud on G8 horizon

by Eric Johnston

This year’s annual Group of Eight summit, hosted by Italy, is expected to focus on complex political and economic issues of immediate concern, ranging from North Korea and Iran to international economic and financial recovery. But the presidents and prime ministers of Japan, the ...