Kremlin calls G8 summit snub `counterproductive`

Russia on Tuesday dismissed as counterproductive the decision of G8 member countries to snub a June summit in the Russian resort of Sochi.

Russia suspended from G8 over Ukraine crisis

The G7 group of top economic powers have kicked out Russia from the powerful G8 over its annexation of Crimea and threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine.

Crimea takeover impact: G8 summit in Russia to be replaced by G7 in Brussels

Determined to teach Russia a lesson in wake of its annexation of Crimea, the G7 leaders on Monday decided to remove Russia from the membership of Group of Eight, and planned the next summit to be held at Brussels.

Russia's G8 summit cancelled over Ukraine crisis

US President Barack Obama and top economic powers have cancelled an upcoming G8 summit in Russia to build pressure on Moscow against its military action in Ukraine.

Ukraine: US says Russia`s seat at G8 summit at risk

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Russia today that its actions in Ukraine have put its role in the elite Group of Eight club of leading nations at risk.

Russia views G8 summit`s suspension over Ukraine groundless

Decision by the Group of Eight (G8) to suspend preparations for the summit due in Russia this summer is groundless, the Russian foreign ministry said Monday.

G8 preparations put on hold as Russia strengthens military presence in Crimea

The G8 Summit is scheduled for June and is to be held in Russia`s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Canada let NSA spy on G20, G8 summits: Report

Canada allowed America`s National Security Agency to spy on G20 talks in Toronto in 2010 and at the G8 summit days earlier, according to documents cited by public broadcaster CBC.

Obama confuses British finance minister with soul singer

US President Barack Obama repeatedly called British Finance Minister George Osborne "Jeffrey" at the G8 summit, media reported on Thursday.

Russia exposed to exploitative labour conditions: US reports

Russia expressed "indignation" on Thursday over the US State Department`s decision to downgrade the country to the bottom of a US table of nations combating human trafficking, a move which could spark sanctions.

Barack Obama arrives in Germany

US President Barack Obama arrived on Wednesday on his first official visit designed to reaffirm his country`s strong commitment to trans-Atlantic partnership and close ties with Germany.

UN chief hails G8 leaders` understanding on Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday welcomed the understanding reached on Syria by leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrial nations.

G8 condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

G8 leaders on Tuesday condemned any use of chemical weapons in Syria, and that they were deeply concerned by the growing threat from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East country.

G8 leaders agree to stamp out terror ransom payments

G8 leaders have agreed to stamp out the payment of ransoms for hostages kidnapped by "terrorists", British Prime Minister David Cameron`s office said Tuesday.

Michelle Obama`s bangs at G8 Summit slammed on Twitter

Michelle Obama, who headed to Belfast for this year`s G8 summit, is facing backlash on Twitter for her fringes.

G8 leaders urge efforts to fight 'scourge' of tax evasion

"Tax authorities across the world should automatically share information to fight the scourge of tax evasion," the G8 said in a statement during a two-day summit.

G8 calls for urgent Syria peace talks

G8 leaders on Tuesday threw their weight behind calls for a peace conference on Syria to be held in Geneva "as soon as possible", after a summit dominated by the country`s civil war.

G8 leaders agree to stamp out terror ransom payments: Britain

Downing Street said the world leaders meeting at a summit in Northern Ireland would also call on companies to follow their lead in refusing to pay for the release of abductees.

G8 challenges Russia to sign up to Syria peace plan

The meeting of world leaders in Northern Ireland was also due to seek a deal on tax evasion but it was the divisions over the civil war in Syria that threatened to overshadow the second day of the gathering.

Oil prices up in Asia on Middle East concerns

Oil prices rose in Asian trade Tuesday, fuelled by growing concern over the Syrian conflict and political unrest in Turkey, analysts said.