OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, discusses the G-8, its pledge to reform corporate tax rules and Russia's importance in the debate on Syria.» Read More
*Obama makes first trip to Berlin as U.S. president. BERLIN, June 19- President Barack Obama will unveil plans for a sharp reduction in nuclear warheads in a landmark speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday that comes 50 years after John F. Kennedy declared "Ich bin ein Berliner" in a defiant Cold War address.
WASHINGTON/ KABUL- The United States and the Taliban raised hopes for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with commitments to meet this week after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents.
*Syria peace conference unlikely before Aug- source. SINGAPORE, June 19- Brent crude futures held above $106 a barrel on Wednesday as investors looked to a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on the outlook for a U.S. stimulus programme that has underpinned commodity prices. Brent futures for August delivery had gained 13 cents to $106.15 a barrel by 0522 GMT.
*Syria peace conference unlikely before Aug- source. SINGAPORE, June 19- Brent crude futures held above $106 a barrel on Wednesday as investors looked to a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on the outlook for a U.S. stimulus programme that has underpinned commodity prices. Brent futures for August delivery had edged down 1 cent to $106.01 a barrel by 0310 GMT.
*Putin defiant, weighs arms sales to Syria. *Obama, Putin spar over Syria. ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- Russia's Vladimir Putin derailed Barack Obama's efforts to win backing for the downfall of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad at a G8 summit on Tuesday, warning the West that arms supplied to the rebels could be used for attacks on European soil.
*Russian supplies to northern Europe fall most because of China. MOSCOW, June 18- Russia is steeply ramping up oil deliveries to China, with Asia now importing almost a fifth of oil exports from the world's largest crude producer in a strategic shift meant by the Kremlin to end reliance on weak and saturated European markets.
LONDON, June 18- Iraq aims to ramp up oil production by nearly 45 percent by the end of next year- without any input from its autonomous Kurdistan region- which suggests a lasting compromise in their long-running oil feud may be a way off.
*Putin defiant after talks, considers arms sales to Syria. *Obama, Putin spar over Syria. President Barack Obama, said the Kremlin might sell more arms to Syria.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- Following is the section of a communique agreed by the leaders of the G8 powers at a two-day summit on the global economy.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- Following are the opening sections of a communique agreed by the leaders of the G8 powers at a two-day summit in Northern Ireland. To read the full text, click: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachmenttdata/file/207583/ L o u g h t E r n e t 2 0 1 3 t G 8 t L e a d e r s t C o m m u n i q u e t t 2 t. p d f.
*Obama, Putin disagreed over Syria. Isolated at the G8, Russia's Vladimir Putin had clashed with other leaders over the conflict and resisted their attempts to get him to agree to anything that would imply Assad should step down or that Russia should tone down its support for Assad.
MOSCOW, June 18- Russia's Finance Minister said on Tuesday he would welcome a weaker rouble to revive flagging economic growth, but while the approach may boost fiscal revenues there is a risk that inflation could become entrenched.
*Obama, Putin disagreed over Syria. ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed with other world leaders over the civil war in Syria at a tense G8 summit, blocking any mention of the fate of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from a final communique to be issued on Tuesday.
Jose Posada, owner of Galicia-based Posada Marron Glace, which last year sold 1 million euros of delicacies, mostly abroad to countries like Japan, Russia and Angola, wants to push into China and Central America.
MOSCOW, June 18- Russia's Finance Ministry has embraced a weak-rouble policy as it seeks to revive flagging economic growth, but while the approach may boost fiscal revenues there is a risk that inflation could become entrenched.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- NASA has eight new astronauts _ its first new batch in four years. In fact, four of the eight are women, the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected by NASA. They will report for duty in August at Johnson Space Center in Houston and join 49 astronauts currently at NASA.
*Soybeans firm as USDA confirms continued planting delays. PARIS/ SYDNEY, June 18- Chicago wheat futures rose on Tuesday as rain, which hampered harvesting and sowing in the United States, encouraged buyers to return after a two-month low at the end of last week.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- An international peace conference aimed at ending the conflict in Syria is unlikely to take place before August after G8 leaders clashed with Russia over the nature of a transitional government, a source familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.
*Obama, Putin disagreed over Syria in tense meeting. Syria was set to dominate the last day of the meeting in a secluded, heavily guarded golf resort in Northern Ireland, with Putin standing firm on his position that forcing out Assad would be disastrous for Syria and the region.
The leaders of the world's richest countries will today try to patch over glaring differences on their approach to Syria, with a G8 declaration that stops short of demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.