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    The annual G7 summit started the day before in Biarritz, France with the seven leaders of the member states discussing important international economic and financial issues.

    The G7 summit in Biarritz, France slated to last until August 26 has set the issue of inequality and the advancement of universal access to social welfare as its main priority despite a new escalation in the trade war between the US and China.

    At the same time, the summit has been met by huge ways of protests in several parts of France with organisers stating that the rallies are meant to attract attention to the contribution of the G7 member states to growing inequality and to underscore the difference between the leaders' promises and their actions.

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    • 01:43

      Almost 20 People Detained During Protests Near G7 Summit in France's Biarritz - Reports

      Almost 20 People Detained During Protests Near G7 Summit in France's Biarritz - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - French police detained 19 people in connection with protests near Biarritz, host city of the G7 summit, the Sud-Ouest newspaper reported on Sunday, citing the prefecture of the Atlantic Pyrenees department.
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    • 20:55

      No Agreement or Progress Towards Persuading Trump to Reissue Oil Sanction Waivers at G7 Dinner on Saturday - European Diplomat

    • 20:52

      G7 Countries Want Diplomatic Solution to Issue of Iran's Nuclear Programme - Merkel

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda sit down to listen to their national anthems during an official welcoming ceremony on August 14, 2019 at the Chancellery in Berlin

      G7 Countries Want Diplomatic Solution to Issue of Iran's Nuclear Programme - Merkel

      BERLIN (Sputnik) - There has been a constructive discussion regarding Iran at the ongoing G7 summit in France with all sides advocating a diplomatic solution to the issue of the Tehran nuclear programme, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters.
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    • 19:29

      People in Hendaye, France March for Second Day in Protest at Nearby G7 Summit

      People marched on Sunday for the second day in a row in the southern French city of Hendaye in protest at the ongoing G7 summit in the nearby town of Biarritz, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

      About 200 people marched on Sunday, chanting anti-G7 slogans under the supervision of law enforcement officers, who used a drone and two helicopters to monitor the situation.

      People also marched in the French city of Bayonne, a few miles from Biarritz, throughout the weekend. On Saturday, tensions between demonstrators and police escalated as law enforcement hosed down and used tear gas against the few hundred people who marched in Bayonne. On Sunday, the protests were calmer, Sputnik’s correspondent said.

      The three-day G7 summit began in Biarritz on Saturday. More than 13,000 French policemen have been called to provide security for the event and its participants.

    • 19:24

      Germany's Merkel Says Talks Between Iranian, French Foreign Ministers is ‘Parallel Event’, Not a G7-Move

      "We, France and Germany, have stressed that we want a summit with the Russian and Ukrainian presidents to be held soon, after a preparatory meeting of advisers and foreign ministers takes place", Merkel said, adding that the sides are planning to convene the next meeting in the French capital of Paris.

    • 19:20

      Iran Demands Export of At Least 700,000Bpd Oil as Goodwill Gesture by West - Iranian Sources

      "As a goodwill gesture and a step towards creating space for negotiations, we have responded to France's proposal. We want to export 700,000 bpd of oil and get paid in cash ... and that is just for a start. It should reach to 1.5 million bpd", a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

      Another official emphasised that "Iran's ballistic missile programme cannot and will not be negotiated. We have underlined it clearly and openly".

      An Iranian diplomat noted that Iran had also ruled out any negotiations on its "right to enrich uranium, its home-made nuclear fuel cycle ... and in return, we will be fully committed to the 2015 nuclear pact".

       

    • 18:43

      US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Announce Trade Deal - White House

    • 18:14

      Some G7 Members Want to Invite Russia to Return to Bloc - Trump

      Some G7 Members Want to Invite Russia to Return to Bloc - Trump

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Several members of the Group of Seven (G7) are interested in inviting Russia back to the organisation, following five years of its absence from the bloc after tensions over Crimea, US President Donald Trump said.
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    • 17:15

      No Talks Planned Between Zarif and Trump or US Delegation - Tehran

    • 17:13

      Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Arrives on Unexpected Visit to Biarritz Amid G7 Summit - Tehran

      Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a seminar at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo, Norway

      Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Arrives in Biarritz, France Amid G7 Summit to Trump's Surprise

      The plane was earlier spotted taking Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Oslo and Paris, although no info regarding its current passengers is available.
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    • 16:35

      Trump Reaches Trade Deal With Japan in Principle - White House

      The agreement may be signed in September, Donald Trump specified. The US president continued by saying that he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe successfully reached consensus on the core elements related to agricultural and industrial trade.

      "We’ve been working on a deal with Japan for a long time. And we’ve agreed in principle ... billions and billions of dollars," Trump said.

    • 15:39

      Johnson Tells Tusk He Prefers to Leave EU With Deal, Backstop is Anti-Democratic

    • 15:16

      Trump Says 'Not Happy' With North Korea's Latest Missile Launch

      "I'm not happy about it, but then again he's not in violation of the agreement," Trump said, referring to a deal that prohibits the firing of long-range ballistic missiles.

    • 14:42

      Italy Warns Against Protectionism, Worried by US Tariff Threat - Conte

      "This measure would strongly impact the Italian system, considering how our automotive industry is integrated with that of Germany," Conte told other G7 leaders.

    • 14:28

      G7 Leaders Agree to Aid Countries Affected by Amazon Fires 'as Fast as Possible' - Macron

      G7 Ready to Help Amazonian Countries Affected by Forest Fires - French President

      PARIS (Sputnik) - Leaders of G7 countries agree to help the countries of the Amazon basin to deal with forest fires, French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on Sunday.
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    • 14:20

      Trump Regrets Not Raising Tariffs on China Higher - White House

      "The president was asked if he had 'any second thought on escalating the trade war with China'. His answer has been greatly misinterpreted," spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

      "President Trump responded in the affirmative -- because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

    • 13:54

      There Has Been Change of Mood in EU in Last Few Days - Johnson

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019.
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    • 13:52

      People Don't Realise How Protectionist UK Market is Sometimes - Johnson

    • 12:35

      Everyone Wants to Avoid Conflict on Iran, Trump Made it Clear - Macron

      On Sunday, G7 leaders discussed the Iranian issue; according to the summit's host, Emmanuel Macron, the leaders have agreed on joint action and communication with Iran.

      "We agreed on what we wanted to say jointly on Iran," Macron told LCI television. "Everyone wants to avoid a conflict, Donald Trump was extremely clear on that point," he added

      Commenting on the issue, US President Donald Trump said that he supported French President Macron's and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's outreach to Iran.

      Macron Says G7 Leaders Agreed Joint Action on Iran to Avoid Escalation of Actions in Region

      PARIS (Sputnik) - The G7 leaders have agreed to maintain "join communication" on Iran to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons and avert an escalation of regional tensions, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday.
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    • 12:25

      Dressed to Impress: Trudeau's Socks Caught on Camera During G7 Meeting

    • 12:09

      G7 'Obsolete Format', China and India's Economies Are Bigger Than Those of Many Participants - Researcher

      Roberto Castaldi, the director of the Research Centre on Multi-Level Integration and Governance Processes at the eCampus University, who also serves as the research director of the International Centre for European and Global Governance

      The G7 is an obsolete format. When it was created it accounted for a vast majority of the world economy. Today it does not. China and India economies are bigger than those of many participants. The G7 could make sense as a forum of democracies. But it should focus on political rather than economic issues, leaving those to the G20.

      The last G7 meetings highlighted that Trump agenda opposes all the other G7 members on trade, environment, security cooperation. So it shall not come as a surprise that also the Biarritz meeting will not produce any spectacular decision able to solve any of the global problem. However, it helps put pressure on Trump on environmental and other issues.

    • 11:49

      Donald Trump, Boris Johnson Discussed Huawei and 5G During Bilateral Meeting - White House

      "The President and Prime Minster also addressed global security issues of mutual concern, especially Iran’s threat to freedom of navigation in the Gulf, tensions in Hong Kong, 5G and Huawei, and instability in Libya and the Sahel region," the White House said in a statement.

    • 11:45

      People Hold Anti-G7 Rallies in Towns Around Biarritz, France - Video

      People Hold Rallies in Bayonne, Other Towns Near Biarritz Protesting Against G7 Summit - Video

      The G7 summit, chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron, officially started on 24 August and will last until 26 August. The summit is set to highlight the issue of inequality and the advancement of universal access to social welfare.
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    • 11:12

      Macron Should Send Message to Iran - G7 Leaders

      "As president of the G7, the president did indeed get the power to discuss and send a message to Iranian authorities on the basis of the exchanges we had last night," a French presidential source.

      US President Donald Trump, however, has reportedly refuted the claims of agreeing to mandate that Macron hold talks with Tehran on behalf of the G7.

      Later on, Macron denied that he had received any mandate from the fellow G7 leaders to hold talks with Iran on the club’s behalf, noting that the nations, "each in its role," would make coordinated efforts in this regard.

    • 10:26

      Second Day of G7 Summit in Biarritz, France - Video

      Second Day of G7 Summit in Biarritz, France - Video

      The G7 summit, which used to be the G8 with Russia kicked off in Biarritz, France on Saturday and will last throughout Monday.
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    • 10:00

      Russia to 'Consider' G7 Putin Invitation if Received as Trump Calls Prospect 'Very Possible'

      Russian President Vladimir Putin meets representatives of global news agencies

      Russia to 'Consider' G7 Putin Invitation if Received as Trump Calls Prospect 'Possible'

      Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported that US President Donald Trump was considering inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin as his guest to the next G7 summit in the US.
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    • 09:59

      Trump's Aides Fuming Over Macron's Handling of G7 Summit - Reports

      French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with President Donald Trump

      Trump's Aides Fuming Over Macron's Handling of G7 Summit - Reports

      US President Donald Trump's friendship with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron proved to be indeed special after the two heads of state held an impromptu lunch ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France this week. Not everyone in the US administration was, however, happy about Macron's déjeuner invitation, multiple reports suggest.
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    • 09:57

      'Very Big' US-UK Trade Deal to Happen 'Quickly' - Trump

    • 09:52

      Second Day of G7 Summit Starts With Donald Trump Having Breakfast With Boris Johnson

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    • 09:40

      Putin Might Attend Next G7 Summit as Trump's Guest

      According to Bloomberg outlet, US President Donald Trump told reporters during the G7 summit in France that he might invite Russian President Vladimir Putin as a guest for the next summit that will be held in the US.

    • 09:29

      Trump 'Not Concerned' About Market Reaction to New US Tariffs on China

      A trader works at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York

      Trump Says 'Has No Plan' to Declare Emergency Over China But Has 'Right' to Do it - Reports

      The US-China trade war has further escalated as both countries moved to impose new tariffs, causing shares of major US companies to plunge deep into the red.
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