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Reform hopes seen dashed at Sudan Islamist meet

Calls for change by Arab Spring-inspired reformers in Sudan will likely be ignored when thousands of government-linked Islamists begin meeting on Thursday.

Reform hopes seen dashed at Sudan Islamist meet
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60 countries expected at Tokyo Syria meet

Japan said Friday around 150 delegates from some 60 countries are expected to attend an international conference in Tokyo this month aimed at pressuring the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

60 countries expected at Tokyo Syria meet
Hollande warns Iran after meeting Israeli PM

French President Francois Hollande said he wanted "concrete acts" from Iran to prove it was not pursuing a nuclear arms drive after his first face-to-face meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hollande warns Iran after meeting Israeli PM
Leonardo DiCaprio. ©REUTERS
Leonardo DiCaprio urges Antarctic ocean sanctuary

Leonardo DiCaprio urged a high-level Antarctic conservation meeting in Australia Tuesday to approve a sweeping Southern Ocean marine sanctuary to protect thousands of polar species.

Leonardo DiCaprio urges Antarctic ocean sanctuary
As euro-tension eases, EU summit mulls eurozone redesign

EU leaders will go into a brainstorming session Thursday in the first of three summits being held before Christmas in the hope of ending the year with a deal on a stronger economic and monetary union.

As euro-tension eases, EU summit mulls eurozone redesign
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Kazakhstan and U.S. sign energy partnership plan

The 9th meeting of the joint Kazakhstan-American Commission for Energy Partnership is held in Washington on October 15-16.

Kazakhstan and U.S. sign energy partnership plan
Australia PM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, seeking assurances from President Hamid Karzai that he is doing all he can to halt "insider attacks".

Australia PM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
IMF meet in Tokyo to address anxiety about growth

Finding ways to boost the slowing global economy and helping poor nations fend off financial shocks will be on the agenda at meetings this week of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Tokyo.

IMF meet in Tokyo to address anxiety about growth
Japan hosts IMF meet 50 years after economic miracle

The last time Japan hosted an International Monetary Fund summit nearly 50 years ago, the nation was a leader in innovation and economic growth that made it the envy of the world.

Japan hosts IMF meet 50 years after economic miracle
World leaders meet on disaster management in Japan

Politicians and aid officials gathered on Tuesday in the northeast of Japan, devastated by last year's quake and tsunami, to discuss what lessons can be learned from disasters.

World leaders meet on disaster management in Japan
IMF cuts global forecast, says risks rising

The IMF slashed its global growth forecast and warned things could get much worse if the eurozone crisis is not quelled and Washington fails to reverse the looming "fiscal cliff" austerity plan.

IMF cuts global forecast, says risks rising
 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. ©RIA Novosti
Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement

Russia eyes a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria on Tuesday when it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years.

Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement
Argentina, Iran meet over Jewish center bombing

The foreign ministers of Argentina and Iran met at the United Nations on Thursday to discuss the deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Argentina, Iran meet over Jewish center bombing
US urges 'cooler heads' to preserve Asia's stability

The US on Thursday called for cooler heads to prevail amid regional tensions over disputed island chains, saying it was vital for the world economy to preserve stability in Asia.

US urges 'cooler heads' to preserve Asia's stability
Ahmadinejad slams West's 'nuclear intimidation'

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the West and Israel of nuclear "intimidation" on Wednesday, after US President Barack Obama vowed to halt Tehran's alleged weapons program.

Ahmadinejad slams West's 'nuclear intimidation'
French leader urges UN to back African force for Mali

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the global community to help defuse a crisis in Mali by giving UN backing to a West African-led military intervention.

French leader urges UN to back African force for Mali
West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN

Western and Arab leaders ramped up the pressure on Syria and Iran at the United Nations on Tuesday, as US President Barack Obama vowed to keep Tehran from getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN
Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film

Muslim leaders demanded international action to stop religious insults in a challenge to US President Barack Obama's defense of freedom of expression at the UN General Assembly.

Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film
Obama to lead international assault on Syria at UN

US President Barack Obama will lead Western demands for action on the Syrian civil war at the start of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Obama to lead international assault on Syria at UN
Pakistan-US gingerly seek to repair ties

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday as the two nations inch towards repairing vital ties severely damaged by a series of crises.

Pakistan-US gingerly seek to repair ties