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U.S., Canada set to discuss lifting of border restrictions -sources
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Lars Hagberg/File PhotoU.S. and Canadian officials are set to meet Tuesday to discuss how to eventually lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries, but no immediate action is expected, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday. The measures, which also apply to the U.S.-Mexico border, do not affect trade or other essential travel. The current restrictions are set to expire June 21, but U.S. and industry officials expect they will be extended again. Reuters reported previously that U.S. and airline officials do not think U.S. restrictions will be lifted until around July 4 at the earliest. Canada last week took a cautious first step, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July.
Persons: Lars Hagberg, Biden, Justin Trudeau, Joe Biden Organizations: Canada, REUTERS, Reuters, Monday, European Union, Canadian, U.S, Thomson Locations: United States, Lansdowne , Ontario, Canada, Monday ., U.S, Mexico, United Kingdom, EU, Europe, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Moira Warburton | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas. read moreCanadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world's steepest. The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government. Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies. The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
Persons: Sergio Perez, Justin Trudeau's, Gregory Taylor, Taylor, Moira Warburton, David Gregorio Our Organizations: Mobile, REUTERS, VANCOUVER, Telus, Rogers Communications Inc, Justin Trudeau's Liberal, Cogeco, Shaw Communications, Rogers, Lawmakers, TekSavvy Inc, University of Calgary, Thomson Locations: Barcelona, Spain, Canada, Vancouver
Taiwan says will be ‘force for good’ after unprecedented G7 support
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSTaiwan will be a “force for good” and continue to seek even greater international support, the presidential office said, after the Chinese-claimed island won unprecedented backing from the Group of Seven of major democracies. Taiwan and G7 member countries share basic values ​​such as democracy, freedom, and human rights, he added. Taiwan will continue to deepen its partnership with G7 states and other like-minded countries and strive for greater support from the international community, he said. Taiwan will also "firmly contribute the greatest force for good" for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Chang added. While most countries, including G7 members, have no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the grouping along with other Western allies have been bolstering their backing for the island.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Xavier Chang, Chang Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Sunday, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, REUTERS Taiwan, China, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
United States President Joe Biden's plan to unite Washington's closest allies and take on China just scored a big political win. The G7 confronted China on just about every sore spot, from allegations of human rights abuses and forced labor in Xinjiang to ongoing political disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea. China still fired back against the statement, accusing the G7 of deliberately slandering China" and "arbitrarily interfering in China's internal affairs." Under Biden, the United States recently expanded a ban on American investment in dozens of Chinese firms. In his statement reported by Xinhua, the Chinese President said it was important to "maintain overall social stability and create a good atmosphere for the Party's centenary."
Persons: Joe Biden's, Washington's, Xi, Donald Trump, Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Biden, China's mercantilist, Alex Capri, Hinrich, , Xi Jinping, Qu Yuan Organizations: CNN, US, United, Washington, Embassy, Canadian, Trump, Huawei, Hinrich Foundation, National University of Singapore, Mecrator Institute of China Studies, Eurasia Group, CNN . Rescue, Xinhua, Communist Locations: China, States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China, Taiwan Strait, London, Italian, St Austell , Cornwall, England, Beijing, Europe, United States, Britain, Asia, Korea, New Zealand, China's Hubei Province, China's Hubei, Zhangwan, Shiyan, Heilongjiang province, Shenzhen, Hubei, Tianjin
G7 pledge cooperation on carbon leakage as EU border tariff looms
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Kate Abnett | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
"We ... acknowledge the risk of carbon leakage, and will work collaboratively to address this risk and to align our trading practices with our commitments under the Paris agreement," G7 leaders said on Sunday in a joint communique. The leaders said policies to put a price on CO2 will help them decarbonise their economies. A draft of the EU policy would require importers of iron and steel, aluminium, cement, fertilisers, and electricity to buy digital certificates to get their goods over the EU border. We need to address carbon leakage to create (a) global level playing field," European Council President Charles Michel said in a tweet after the G7 meeting. Brussels says the policy is needed to put EU firms on an equal footing with competitors in countries with weaker climate policies.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden, Brendan Smialowski, Charles Michel Organizations: Canada's, Britain's, Seven, Sunday, European, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, European Union, Paris, EU, Brussels, Russia, U.S, Europe
G7 split on reallocating $100 billion IMF funds to COVID-hit nations
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSCARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - Group of Seven leaders were trying to resolve differences over a proposal to reallocate $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund’s warchest to help countries struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. An almost final version of the G7 communique seen by Reuters showed Germany and Italy had yet to back the inclusion of the $100 billion figure in the final statement by leaders. The IMF’s members agreed in April to a $650 billion increase in IMF’s Special Drawing Rights and the G7 countries are considering whether to reallocate $100 billion of their rights to help poor countries fight the COVID pandemic. SDRs are the IMF’s reserve asset, and are exchangeable for dollars, euros, sterling, yen and Chinese yuan or renminbi. Member states can loan or donate their SDR reserves to other countries for their use.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Mario Draghi, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Kristalina Georgieva Organizations: British, Canadian, European, Australia's, Seven, International Monetary, Reuters, IMF Locations: U.S, Japanese, Italian, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, CARBIS BAY, England, Germany, Italy
China tells G7 leaders 'small' groups don't rule the world on final day of summit
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.73   time to read: +2 min
China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the world's richest democracies which have sought a unified position over Beijing. "The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said. "We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries." The G7 are planning to offer developing nations an infrastructure scheme that could rival Xi's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Beijing has repeatedly hit back against what it perceives as attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many major powers are still gripped by an outdated imperial mindset after years of humiliating China.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau, Xi's Organizations: Seven, Beijing, NBC, Canadian Locations: China, London, Soviet Union, England, United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, People's Republic, Beijing
China cautions G7: 'small' groups don't rule the world
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.63   time to read: +2 min
China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the world's richest democracies which have sought a unified position over Beijing. "The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said. "We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries." read moreThe G7 are planning to offer developing nations an infrastructure scheme that could rival Xi's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. read moreBeijing has repeatedly hit back against what it perceives as attempts by Western powers to contain China, and says many major powers are still gripped by an outdated imperial mindset after years of humiliating China.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau, Xi's Organizations: Seven, Beijing, Canadian, Thomson Locations: China, London, Soviet Union, England, United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, People's Republic, Beijing
G-7 nations agree to boost climate finance, details missing
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Alongside plans billed as helping speed infrastructure funding in developing countries and a shift to renewable and sustainable technology, the world's seven largest advanced economies again pledged to meet the climate finance target. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said individual nations were expected to set out the size of the increases "in due course." There was a clear push by leaders at the G-7 summit in southwestern England try to counter China's increasing influence in the world, particularly among developing nations. "As democratic nations, we have a responsibility to help developing countries reap the benefits of clean growth through a fair and transparent system. The G-7 has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a global Green Industrial Revolution, with the potential to transform the way we live."
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Japan —, Johnson Organizations: Canadian, British, European, United, The, Reuters, Industrial Locations: Italian, The Eden, St Austell , Cornwall, England, United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan
Canada's Trudeau says he discussed border with Biden, but no deal
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.58   time to read: +2 min
U.S. President Joe Biden and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a session during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Pool/File PhotoCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday he has spoken with U.S. President Joe Biden about how to lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries but made clear no breakthrough has been achieved. The border measures do not affect trade flows. Canada is resisting calls for the border measures to be relaxed, citing the need for more people to be vaccinated. "Many countries, like Canada, continue to say that now is not the time to travel," Trudeau added, though he said it is important to get back to normalcy as quickly as possible.
Persons: Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Kevin Lamarque, Trudeau, Biden Organizations: Canada's, REUTERS, Canadian, U.S, Liberal, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Canada, United States
Factbox: China, climate and vaccines - what the G7 agreed this weekend
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
CLIMATE CHANGE - The G7 said it would meet a long overdue funding pledge of $100 billion a year by rich countries to help poorer ones cut emissions and cope with global warming. The G7 also promised to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. read moreCOVID VACCINES - Leaders agreed to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next year to poorer countries. RUSSIA - The G7 demanded Russia take action to halt cyber attacks that demand ransoms from businesses in the West. read moreBIDEN AND THE WORLD - Biden was welcomed with open arms by the other G7 leaders after the isolationist stance of Donald Trump. "It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate," France's Macron said.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Mario Draghi, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Britain's Boris Johnson, Johnson, BIDEN, Biden, Donald Trump, who’s, France's Macron Organizations: British, Canadian, European, Australia's, U.S, United Nations, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Thomson Locations: U.S, Japanese, Italian, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, England, CHINA, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Africa, Asia, RUSSIA, Russia, Moscow, London, United Kingdom
Against the backdrop of the global pandemic, world leaders met in person for the first time since the coronavirus shut down travel. (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and US President Joe Biden. It was the first time the heads of these countries met in person since the pandemic shut down travel more than a year ago. The G7 leaders last met in person in France in August 2019, nearly two years ago. In addition to the seven countries normally present, others like South Africa, South Korea, India, and Australia received invitations to attend virtually the 47th Summit.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Jack Hill, Joe Biden — Organizations: Canadian, British, European Locations: Italian, Cornwall, England, France, South Africa, South Korea, India, Australia
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven will seek to rival China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative on Saturday by announcing a global infrastructure plan to help developing nations, a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. "So tomorrow we’ll be announcing ‘build back better for the world,’ an ambitious new global infrastructure initiative with our G7 partners that won’t just be an alternative to the BRI," the official said. In March, Biden said he had suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, hosting the G7 summit, that democratic countries should develop their own rival scheme. There were no specifics on how the global infrastructure scheme would be funded.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, China’s, Joe Biden's, Xi Jinping, Xi, we’ll, Biden Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Seven, U.S ., Initiative, U.S, British, LABOUR, Congress, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, United States, China, Beijing, England, Asia, Europe, Communist China, Soviet Union, War, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, Xinjiang
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven richest democracies on Saturday sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that would rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. "This is not just about confronting or taking on China," a senior official in Biden's administration said. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to "collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment," the White House said. The Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the G7 infrastructure proposal or the U.S. official's remarks about forced labour.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Xi Jinping's, Xi, Biden, official's Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Seven, Beijing, Initiative, U.S, Congress, White, LABOUR, United, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, England, China, Asia, Europe, Communist China, Beijing, Soviet Union, War, United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, Xinjiang
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven richest democracies on Saturday sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that would rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. "This is not just about confronting or taking on China," a senior official in Biden's administration said. It was not immediately clear how exactly the plan would work or how much capital it would ultimately allocate. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to "collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment", the White House said.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Xi Jinping's, Xi, Biden, U.N Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Seven, Initiative, U.S, Congress, United, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, England, China, Asia, Europe, Communist China, Beijing, United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Carbis, Soviet Union, War, Washington, Xinjiang
Thousands march in support of Muslim family killed in truck attack in Canada
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
People march the 7km from a crime scene to a mosque in memory of a Muslim family that was killed in what police call a hate-motivated attack in London, Ontario, Canada June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos OsorioThousands of people marched on Friday in support of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man driving a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police described as a hate crime. The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into them while they were out for an evening walk near their home. The attack sparked outrage across Canada, with politicians from all sides condemning the crime, spurring growing calls to take action to curb hate crime and Islamophobia. read moreCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the killings a "terrorist attack" and vowed to clamp down on far-right groups and online hate.
Persons: Carlos Osorio, Nathaniel Veltman, Veltman, Abdullah Al Jarad, Justin Trudeau Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: London , Ontario, Canada, Ontario, London
Ludovic Marin | AFP | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will press G-7 leaders to take concrete steps to counter China's rising global influence on Saturday, the second day of the annual summit. The Biden administration also plans to work with Congress to increase U.S. contributions to the G-7's Development Financing Toolkit. Biden administration aides insist that the project is not about making countries choose between the United States and China. "This is about offering an affirmative, alternative vision and approach that they would want to choose," a second administration official told reporters during a briefing on Friday. But rather than press G-7 leaders to flatly condemn China's treatment of Uyghurs, Biden will take a more diplomatic approach.
Persons: Charles Michel, Yoshihide Suga, Germany's, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Ursula von der Leyen, Ludovic Marin, Biden, Denny Roy, Roy, Wang Wenbin, Canada's, Frances, Germanys, Hollie Adams Organizations: European, Japan's, Britain's, Canada's, Italy's, AFP, Getty Images WASHINGTON, White, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, - West Center, South China Morning, Biden, European Council, European Commission, Seven, Bloomberg, Getty Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, China, East Asia, United States, Xinjiang Province, Washington, Japan, Xinjiang, Beijing, U.S
Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSThe Group of Seven rich nations will announce on Saturday a new global infrastructure plan as a response to China’s belt and road intiative, a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said. "But until now we haven't offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and our way of doing business." China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure scheme launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping involving development and investment initiatives that would stretch from Asia to Europe and beyond. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. "So tomorrow we’ll be announcing ‘build back better for the world,’ an ambitious new global infrastructure initiative with our G7 partners that won’t just be an alternative to the B and I (Belt and Road)," the official said.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Patrick Semansky, Joe Biden’s, Xi, Biden, we’ll Organizations: Canadian, European, Japan's, Italy's, Initiative, British, U.S, Thomson Locations: U.S, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, United States, China, Beijing, Asia, Europe, England, Xinjiang
French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said "America is back" now that President Joe Biden is in office. "It's great to have a US president who's part of the club and very willing to cooperate," Macron said at the G7 Summit. Macron's remarks mark a stark contrast from when President Donald Trump was in office. French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday signaled his confidence in the United States as an ally with President Joe Biden at the nation's head. "It's great to have a US president who's part of the club and very willing to cooperate," Macron said.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden, who's, Macron, Donald Trump, Biden, I've, we're, Trump, Justin Trudeau, Macron's, Boris Johnson, Vladimir Putin, Putin Organizations: Trump, Canadian, British, NBC News, Pew Research Locations: United States, France, Paris, Macron
G7 reaches consensus on China dumping, human rights abuses -U.S. official
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.73   time to read: +1 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in attend a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSG7 leaders have reached consensus on the need for a shared approach to China selling exports at unfairly low prices and to human rights abuses, a senior official in the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Saturday. "I would say there was unanimity in terms of a willingness to call out human rights abuses and violations of fundamental freedoms that invoke our shared values," the official said. "There was commitment to take action in response to what we're seeing." The official said the G7 had moved far from three years ago when the final communique made no mention of China.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Joe Biden's Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Seven, World Trade Organization, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, China, United States
Flag-wrapped coffins are seen outside the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario, during a funeral of the Afzaal family that was killed in what police describe as a hate-motivated attack, in London, Ontario, Canada June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos OsorioSeveral hundred mourners joined a public funeral service on Saturday of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man in a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police said was driven by hate. The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into them while they were out for an evening walk near their home in London, Ontario. read morePolice have said the attack was premeditated and allege the family was targeted because of their Islamic faith. The city of London, 200 km (120 miles) southwest of Toronto, has seen an outpouring of support in the aftermath of the attack.
Persons: Carlos Osorio, Nathaniel Veltman, Raza Bashir Tarar, Justin Trudeau, Aarij Anwer Organizations: Islamic, of Southwest, REUTERS, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, Thomson Locations: of Southwest Ontario, London , Ontario, Canada, Canadian, Pakistan, London, Toronto
Canada's Trudeau called for concerted G7 approach to China - source
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.96   time to read: +1 min
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at an official welcome during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a Group of Seven discussion of China on Saturday and called on leaders to come up with a unified approach to the challenges posed by the People's Republic, a source said. G7 leaders - who together control about $40 trillion in economic clout - reached broad alignment on building a concerted approach to China, the source with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. "Trudeau's message today was that we really need to work to build a consensus on a unified approach to the challenges that China presents all of us," the source said. "There is a general alignment" at the G7 on China, the source said.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Leon Neal Organizations: Canada's, Canadian, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, China, People's Republic
G7 reaches consensus on China dumping, human rights abuses: U.S. official
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
G7 leaders have reached consensus on the need for a shared approach to China selling exports at unfairly low prices and to human rights abuses, a senior official in the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Saturday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the leaders of the Group of Seven world's largest advanced economies had also agreed on the need to coordinate on supply chain resilience to ensure democracies are supporting each other. "I would say there was unanimity in terms of a willingness to call out human rights abuses and violations of fundamental freedoms that invoke our shared values," the official said. "There was commitment to take action in response to what we're seeing." The official said the G7 had moved far from three years ago when the final communique made no mention of China.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Joe Biden's Organizations: Canadian, British, European, United, The, Seven, World Trade Organization Locations: Italian, The Eden, St Austell , Cornwall, England, China, U.S, United States
G7 leaders commit to increasing climate finance contributions
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSG7 leaders will commit on Sunday to increase their climate finance contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming. "Protecting our planet is the most important thing we as leaders can do for our people," Johnson said in a statement. The G7 has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a global Green Industrial Revolution, with the potential to transform the way we live." That target was not met, derailed in part by the coronavirus pandemic which forced the British government to postpone the United Nations' Climate Change Conference (COP26) until this year. G7 leaders are also expected to set out action to cut carbon emissions, including measures such as ending almost all direct government support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas and phasing out petrol and diesel cars.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Johnson, David Attenborough, Attenborough, John Sauven Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Greenpeace, Industrial, United Nations, United, COP26, Greenpeace UK's, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, United Nations, British
G7 leaders agreed to keep the money taps open - source
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Guy Faulconbridge | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.65   time to read: +2 min
The International Monetary Fund has repeatedly urged Group of Seven countries and others to continue fiscal support measures. The source said the G7 leaders believed there should be long-term policies for ensuring the health of public finances in the future, echoing the position of their finance ministers who met earlier this month in London. The leaders believed a post-lockdown rise in inflation in many countries would prove temporary, the source said. “There was a bit of discussion on inflation but the feeling was that it was temporary,” the source said. G7 leaders stressed the importance of taking action to reduce unemployment such as retraining and offering support for younger workers, a proposal supported by Canada’s Justin Trudeau, the source said.
Persons: Angela Merkel of, Joe Biden, Janet Yellen, , Biden, Boris Johnson, Italy’s Mario Draghi, Draghi, , Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Johnson Organizations: U.S, British, Monetary Fund, European Central Bank Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, Angela Merkel of Germany, London
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