Vladimir Putin's participation in the first G8 summit of his new term was supposed to seal his comeback to the global stage as Russia's paramount leader after winning a third presidential term last year.
World leaders head to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on Monday looking to put pressure on Russia to back away from its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid growing Western efforts to arm the rebels.
Thousands of protesters are expected on the streets of Belfast to urge G8 leaders to act on global poverty, although the issue looks likely to be overshadowed by concerns over the Syria conflict.
Leaders of the G8 nations meet in Northern Ireland next week determined to crack down on tax evasion and boost global trade, while seeking to push Russia to help find a political solution to the Syria conflict.
Throwing formality aside at a desert retreat, Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping called Friday for a new approach to forge relations between the US superpower and a rising China.
The European Union and Russia kick off a two-day summit on Monday overshadowed by rows over Brussels' decision to lift its arms embargo on the Syrian rebels and resolve to loosen Moscow's grip on EU natural gas supplies.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in oil-rich Trinidad and Tobago late Friday for the first leg of a Latin America and Caribbean tour aiming to strengthen Beijing's trade ties in the region.
The White House on Tuesday styled the first summit between President Barack Obama and China's Xi Jinping next month as a uniquely personal encounter offering each man the chance to size the other up.
US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Trinidad and Tobago Monday where he was to meet with other regional leaders on his 20-hour visit to the island nation.
Chinese state media on Wednesday welcomed news of the first summit between President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama, saying the meeting will help "reduce suspicions" in the relationship.
US President Barack Obama heads to Costa Rica on Friday for a summit with Central American leaders on trade, immigration and the drug war after renewing security ties with Mexico.
Election officials moved to defuse a political crisis on the eve of President-elect Nicolas Maduro's inauguration Friday, yielding to demands for an audit of the results in Sunday's bitterly contested elections.
African leaders said they would not recognise Central African Republic's new self-proclaimed leader, as the nation's post-coup crisis came under the spotlight at a regional summit in Chad.
Leaders from the BRICS group of emerging powers on Wednesday failed to launch a much-anticipated new development bank to rival Western-dominated institutions like the World Bank.
Opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib took Syria's seat at the Arab League on Tuesday as leaders gathered for the annual summit in Doha gave member states the "right" to arm rebels in the war-torn country.
BRICS emerging powers on Tuesday sought a deal on setting up a development bank that would rival Western-backed institutions, trying to iron out significant differences ahead of a leaders' summit in Durban.
EU leaders wrestled with German demands for strict austerity and a French-Italian push for growth-friendly spending at a summit.
Kazakhstan has been invited to take part in G20 summit in Saint-Petersburg in September.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will attend a signing ceremony next week in Addis Ababa for an accord aimed at pacifying the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The 12th OIC summit finished in Cairo. Kazakhstan delegation was led by Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov.
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