With an awkward handshake, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held formal talks on Monday for the first time since the two leaders took office, a breakthrough in efforts to improve ties between the Asian rivals.
Hong Kong`s government has said it will open talks with student demonstrators on Tuesday, after three nights of violent clashes between police and protesters who have paralysed parts of the city with mass pro-democracy rallies.
Hong Kong called off talks with protesting students on Thursday, dealing a heavy blow to attempts to defuse a political crisis that has seen tens of thousands take to the streets to demand free elections and calling for leader Leung Chun-ying to resign.
Australia`s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop welcomed her Chinese counterpart to Sydney Sunday, saying the two nations were "on track" to sign a free-trade agreement this year strengthening their relationship.
French president Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke for "over two hours" with their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts Sunday, the Elysee said, with the latest ceasefire deadline in Ukraine looming.
Iraqi party leaders planned delicate talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki`s divisive rule after a top Shi`ite cleric called for a new premier to be chosen without delay to tackle Islamist rebels threatening to tear apart the country.
A crunch round of telephone diplomacy between Ukraine`s new Western-backed leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will continue Thursday, Kiev said.
Russia must take "concrete" steps to resolve the Ukraine crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday, warning Moscow could easily reinstate its parliament approval for military intervention.