Protestors created giant puppets dressed as chefs to represent the heads of the G8 economies, saying leaders need to cook up a deal to fight poverty and prevent tax evasion. CNBC's Steve Sedgwick filed this report on what to expect from the summit.» Read More
*Obama, Putin square off over Syria. President Barack Obama sparred with Russia's Vladimir Putin over how to end the war in Syria on Monday during an icy encounter at a G8 summit where divisions over the conflict eclipsed the rest of the agenda.
*Obama, Putin likely to square off over Syria. ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 17- Western leaders rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria's Bashar al-Assad attempt to crush a two-year-old uprising, setting the stage for a tense G8 summit of the world's most powerful nations.
*Obama, Putin likely to square off over Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is chairing the G8 summit, acknowledged there was "a big difference" between the positions of Russia and the West on Syria.
*Obama, Putin likely to square off over Syria. ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 17- Western leaders criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria's Bashar al-Assad in his battle to crush a two-year-old uprising, setting the stage for what could be a difficult meeting of world leaders over Monday and Tuesday.
*Obama faces international row over Syria at G8. ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 17- U.S. President Barack Obama faces what could be a frosty G8 meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday after the Russian leader clashed with the West over plans to arm Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
*Obama to seek common ground with Putin on Syria. President Barack Obama will seek the help on Monday of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Syria's most powerful ally, to bring Bashar al-Assad to the negotiating table and end a two-year civil war.
LOUGH ERNE, Northern Ireland, June 17- U.S. President Barack Obama will seek the help on Monday of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Syria's most powerful ally, to bring Bashar al-Assad to the negotiating table and end a two-year civil war.
PARIS, June 16- France's ruling Socialists on Sunday called for a weaker euro and changes to EU rules on budget deficits, accusing the center-right governments of Britain and Germany of creating economic hardship across the European Union.
*Washington, Brussels want free trade deal by end of 2014. *France trying to shield French culture from Hollywood. LUXEMBOURG, June 14- France cleared the European Union to launch free-trade talks with the United States on Friday after fellow EU members accepted its demand to shield movies and online entertainment from the might of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
*Russia says U.N. decisions by' consensus' are too vague. *Belarus, Ukraine back Moscow after defeat in Qatar. Seething after they were overruled in a consensus decision at U.N. talks in Qatar last year, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine blocked one strand of two-week climate talks in Bonn ending on Friday, by insisting on clearer rules for decision-making.
June 13- It's cynical, manipulative and hypocritical, and it looks like it is going to work.
PRAGUE, June 13- Floods that have caused billions of euros in damage across central Europe may actually provide an economic boost for the Czech Republic, a country struggling to shrug off its longest recession in more than two decades.
KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 12- The European Central Bank defended itself in a German court on Wednesday against suggestions that its role should be more limited, clashing with Germany's Bundesbank over its main tool in calming the euro crisis.
KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 11- The European Central Bank vigorously defended its bond-buying programme in a German courtroom on Tuesday, arguing that the scheme many credit with saving the euro from collapse was within its mandate and had not spawned unlimited risks.
BERLIN, June 11- Floods that have devastated parts of southern and eastern Germany could briefly impede growth in Europe's biggest economy, an industry body said, while ratings agency Fitch said the economic cost could be as high as 12 billion euros.
*Widmer-Schlumpf ejected from powerful SVP. ZURICH, June 11- Switzerland's Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, a lone woman in the male bastion of Swiss finance, is short of friends as she seeks to end the country's reputation as a haven for tax cheats, but has a track record of getting her own way.
KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 11- Germany's finance minister defended the European Central Bank's bond-buying scheme against charges it violates German law and questioned whether the country's top court had the power to rule on a scheme many credit with saving the euro zone.
KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 11- The head of Germany's Constitutional Court said on Tuesday that the success of the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme in restoring calm to the euro zone would have no impact on its ruling of whether the scheme is constitutional or not.
BERLIN, June 11- The European Central Bank will defend its bond-buying programme in a German court this week against charges it is really an illegal scheme to fund euro zone members through the back door.
Internet spying programme have raised awkward questions for allies, forced to explain whether they let Washington spy on their citizens or benefited from snooping that would be illegal at home.