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April 3, 2009
This week, President Obama found out how much harder it is to sell economic stimulus packages in Europe than it is in Washington. Obama went to the Group of 20 summit in London hoping to persuade leaders of the world's biggest economies to boost government spending to counteract the global downturn. Backed by Japan and Britain, the administration argued that restoring growth around the world required a stronger fiscal push from other developed nations.
April 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - After more than four years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the world's biggest free-trade deal in a generation has come down in good part to this: the United States and Japan squabbling over beef. With President Obama due to arrive Wednesday in Tokyo for a two-day summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, their aides have been pulling all-nighters in the hope of reaching a compromise on tariffs for beef and, to a lesser extent, pork and dairy products. The proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership is seen as the centerpiece of Obama's promised re-balance in foreign policy priorities to fast-growing Asia-Pacific.
September 25, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
As the sky threatened rain here, nearly 2,000 protesters gathered in Arsenal Park on Thursday with a variety of grievances, setting off some clashes with police, and moved toward the distant convention center where world leaders are set to meet today. Major economic conferences have become regular targets for protest groups, and it was no different on the eve of the so-called G-20 summit, the meeting of leaders from the world's 20 largest economies. About the time that President Obama and his wife, Michelle, were stepping off Air Force One, protesters started throwing rocks at police and police cars and dragging trash containers into the middle of the street to block traffic.
February 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
L.A. techies, typically found close to the beach, are going east of the 405 -- at least for a day. Hundreds of top entrepreneurs and investors are congregating at the newly opened Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday for the Upfront Summit . The annual technology and investor conference, hosted by Santa Monica venture capital firm Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners), quickly reached capacity thanks to a lineup of speakers that includes Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon and Dana Settle of Greycroft.
December 20, 1987
The Democrats have a new hero, Comrade Gorby! And they complained about Reagan being an actor. JOHN JAEGER Irvine
March 6, 2012 | By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune
President Obama on Tuesday said he was confident in Chicago's ability to host the G8 gathering of world leaders and played down the notion that security concerns had anything to do with the decision to move the May meeting from Chicago to Camp David. In response to a question during a news briefing in Washington, Obama noted that the NATO summit scheduled for the same weekend will still be held in Chicago, bringing him and other world leaders to the city. "I always have confidence in Chicago being able to handle security issues," said Obama, whose 2008 presidential election night victory party was held in Grant Park with a massive crowd in attendance.
September 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, a White House official confirmed, as the two leaders wrapped up a summit that put a harsh spotlight on the international divide over Obama's plan to launch military strikes in Syria. The official did not provide details or timing on the meeting, which took place at a gathering of the Group of 20 economic summits. But Putin, the summit host and an opponent of military intervention in the Syrian civil war, told reporters that the meeting lasted for about 20 minutes.
March 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama is moving one of two major world summits from Chicago to the presidential retreat near Washington, with an aide saying the president has decided he wants a more "intimate" setting than his hometown for the May gathering.   The Group of 8 meeting will be moved to Camp David, according to the White House, but the gathering of NATO allies and the International Security Assistance Force will go on in Chicago as planned.   Camp David will more closely approximate the remote settings in which the G-8 leaders apparently prefer to gather.
June 8, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Chinese media coverage of the two-day summit between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping has glossed over cyber hacking concerns, clearly not an issue that Beijing wishes to emphasize. Instead, Chinese commentary is stressing the need for the two nations to forge a “new relationship" -- a phrase officials here used repeatedly in advance of the summit. "Not to deny each other's legitimate interests and to cooperate as much as possible in ways that will promote our mutual interests," is how Shen Dingli, an American studies professor at Shanghai's Fudan University defined it. The two countries "should not deny each other's social systems.
April 4, 1993
A noisy coalition of leftist protest groups made off with a U.S. flag and tried to set it on fire outside Boris N. Yeltsin's hotel. Police arrested six of the demonstrators, who included environmentalists, pacifists, supporters of Iraq and others. The 100-odd protesters said they opposed the carving up of the world by those with money and power. Chants included, "Hey, hey, ho, ho. New World Order has got to go."
February 19, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- One thing that Presidents Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico share is they are hardly considered heroes in their homeland. Both have low domestic approval ratings that sometimes stand in sharp contrast to their images abroad. Obama flew to Mexico on Wednesday for a daylong summit with Peña Nieto and their Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, the almost-annual meeting of North America's three leaders that has been taking place since 2005. This year's meeting is being held in Toluca, the rather nondescript capital of Mexico State just west of Mexico City,  where Peña Nieto served as governor until his run for the presidency in 2012.
January 17, 2014 | By Jason Song
More than 100 colleges and universities, including several in California, promised Thursday to try to attract more low-income students by strengthening relationships with high schools and community colleges, increasing access to advisors and offering more remedial programs. The pledges came after President Obama made increased college accessibility one of his top goals. On Thursday, the president invited to the White House participants who have made commitments to further that effort.
December 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
This is not your grandfather's Jeep. The 2014 diesel Grand Cherokee Summit points the brand in a very different direction than its beginnings as a bare-bones World War II gadabout. The same can be said for this new version's $57,000 price tag. Today's Jeep comes with trinkets that were beyond fantasy in the 1940s, including adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled leather seats and an adjustable air suspension. The hope is that goodies like these will draw buyers out of sport utility vehicles from established German luxury brands and establish Jeep as a competitor in the cut-throat, $50,000-plus arena.
November 11, 2013 | By Robert Greene
What do 200 or so bicycle advocates from all corners of California do over the course of a four-day summit in Oakland? Well, they ride, of course. They ride around Lake Merritt (on its new green super-sharrow bike path), into the hills and across a stretch of the new Bay Bridge -- but only part of the way, because much of the bridge doesn't accommodate cyclists. Yet. They're working on it. But they also talk -- about what they have accomplished, what they want to do next and how they want to do it. No doubt most people at the California by Bike summit who took part in the many conversations went home with mental lists of lessons learned, but as one of the few non-cyclists listening in, I have my own set of takeaways.
October 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian hosts of the Group of 20 summit near St. Petersburg in September sent world leaders home with gifts designed to keep on giving: memory sticks and recharging cables programmed to spy on their communications, two Italian newspapers reported Tuesday. A Kremlin spokesman denied the allegations reported by Il Corriere della Sera and La Stampa, both of which attributed their stories to findings of technical investigations ordered by the president of the European Council and carried out by German intelligence.
October 23, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
In the upcoming movie "Ender's Game," boy warrior Ender Wiggin faces a series of challenges as he embarks on a journey to battle insect-like creatures that threaten to destroy the planet. The movie also is a test for the film's co-producer, Digital Domain, the pioneering visual effects house co-founded by director James Cameron in 1993. The Venice studio is co-producing "Ender's Game" with OddLot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. Taking such a major role in a live-action movie, which opens Nov. 1, is both rare for a visual effects company and a big gamble for Digital Domain, known for its work on the movies "Tron: Legacy" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
February 25, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook
Facing unbending Republican opposition to a healthcare overhaul, President Obama confronted a stark reality Thursday as his televised summit ended: If he and his Democratic allies in Congress want to reshape the nation's healthcare system, they will have to do it by themselves. Washington's most powerful Democrats and Republicans gathered for a remarkably detailed, deeply felt -- and occasionally sharp -- exchange on one of the most important and complex issues facing the country.
October 13, 2013
SPAIN Presentation Artist Warner LeMenager will present a slide show on Barcelona's architecture and history. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop An REI instructor will give a presentation on summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro using the Marangu Route. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info: Free.
October 10, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
President Obama's decision to skip two Asia-Pacific summits this week to deal with the U.S. government shutdown and threatened debt default allowed Chinese leaders to strut the world stage as regional superpower envoys and have their way on critical issues. Maritime disputes in the East and South China seas have poisoned relations among half a dozen members of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, which met on the Indonesian island of Bali this week, then joined the U.S., Russia and other regional powers in Brunei for the annual East Asia Summit.
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