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June 5, 1992 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
First came the dilemma about air conditioning. Would having artificially cooled air offend delegates to the environmental summit here? The table for the heads of state produced another headache. Specifically, how do you build one large enough to seat 119 world leaders? For Flavio Perri, a Brazilian official in charge of summit logistics, organizing the huge conference without offending environmental principles or diplomatic protocol has posed what he refers to as "my difficulties."
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September 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Finance officials from rich and developing countries agreed Saturday to curb hefty bankers' bonuses, but the proposed crackdown on excessive payouts fell short of European demands because the United States and Britain shied away from imposing a cap. The Group of 20 finance ministers also pledged to maintain stimulus measures such as extra government spending and low interest rates to boost the global economy. A recovery is under way, they said, but it is far from certain to continue.
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November 15, 2000 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When President Clinton arrived here Tuesday for his swan-song summit with world leaders, he stepped into a tiny, surreal kingdom where unbelievable wealth blends with rigid repression. Brunei also represents the 21st century challenges confronting the 21 heads of state and leaders in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group as they push to strengthen regional economies and open up some of the world's last closed societies.
WORLD
March 23, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Islamic scholars have advised Sudan's president not to travel to an Arab summit in Qatar at the end of March, a move that offers him a way out of the risky trip. President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir risks being detained if he leaves Sudan because the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for him to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The influential Sudan Ulema Authority issued a statement saying Bashir should not travel.
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June 2, 1988 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
A handclasp and a walk in the woods in Geneva. Frigid stares and tight lips in the blustery cold of Reykjavik. The signing in Washington of a historic treaty on medium-range nuclear weapons. And now in Moscow, a walk through the heart of the "evil empire." The moods and images of the four summits of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev have differed in ways both subtle and striking.
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June 6, 1987 | JAMES GERSTENZANG and JACK NELSON, Times Staff Writers
President Reagan, who less than two years ago signed the most expensive farm aid bill in history, called Friday for the elimination of agricultural subsidies worldwide by the year 2000 as a way of promoting better world economic health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Arcadia man is convicted of waving a gun at a black neighbor and screaming racial epithets and death threats at him. In Granada Hills, authorities prosecute a man for painting swastikas on an apartment complex with mostly Jewish tenants. And in North Long Beach, teenagers are charged with setting dozens of racially motivated fires. At a time when the overall crime rate is falling locally and nationwide, hate crimes such as these 1997 incidents are rising steadily in Los Angeles County.
BUSINESS
June 16, 1988 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita complained Wednesday that many foreigners have "excessively strong preconceptions" of Japanese trade barriers, and he warned that trade disputes should not be allowed to trigger "mistaken nationalistic" emotions. Takeshita met with foreign correspondents on the eve of his departure for Toronto, where he will take part in the annual economic meeting of the leaders of seven industrialized nations.
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November 23, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush, proclaiming the end of an era of "hard, joyless peace between two armed camps," called on Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Wednesday to join him in an effort to "once and for all end the Cold War" when the two meet off Malta next week.
BUSINESS
June 19, 1995 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fourteen years ago, when Canada was getting ready to host its first Group of Seven summit and demonstrate that it was a proper member of the club of the world's richest democracies, a senior government official preparing the agenda told a visitor that it was time the other summit participants understood the importance of international economics. His message was a pointed reminder that the new U.S.
WORLD
November 16, 2008 | Maura Reynolds, Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
World leaders agreed Saturday to put tighter controls on financial markets and work together to halt the economic crisis now cascading across the globe, but their summit was overshadowed by the knowledge that any long-term plan depended on someone who did not even attend: President-elect Barack Obama.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2008 | Don Lee, Lee is a Times staff writer.
As global leaders gather today for an economic summit in Washington, no one may feel the spotlight's glare as much as Chinese President Hu Jintao. In the weeks leading up to this meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 developed and emerging countries, there have been repeated calls from different corners of the world for China to step up and take a bigger role in addressing the global financial crisis.
WORLD
November 14, 2008 | Maura Reynolds, Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Considering how rapidly the global economic crisis has escalated, leaders converging in Washington for a weekend financial summit might be accused of taking a lackadaisical approach to developing a strategy to solve it. After all, they're saying this will be just the first of several such summits. And agreeing on a joint plan of action lies months down the road at best.
WORLD
August 22, 2008 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Facing wide public indignation over Mexico's crime epidemic, President Felipe Calderon on Thursday proposed new steps to fight kidnapping and other violent offenses. He called for anti-abduction squads, special high-security prisons with separate areas for kidnappers, closer tracking of cellphones and more aid for local authorities. Calderon summoned governors and police officials from across Mexico to chart a way out of a crisis that has dominated the news and put the nation's leaders on the defensive.
WORLD
July 6, 2008 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
As leaders of the world's major developed nations meet this week in a tranquil mountain resort in Japan, their gathering probably will be overshadowed by the turbulent global economy and deepening unrest over soaring oil and food prices. And the question on many minds is whether the Group of 8 leaders will be able to do anything about it. "This is going to be one of those events that shift people's thinking about the world," said Tim Condon, chief Asia economist for ING Financial Markets in Singapore.
WORLD
April 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe skipped a regional summit Saturday addressing the deepening crisis over the country's contentious presidential election, giving southern African leaders little chance to step up the pressure on him. The summit reflected Mugabe's growing isolation, as well as cracks in the usually uniform solidarity with him exhibited by the Southern African Development Community.
NEWS
November 2, 1989 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mediterranean island of Malta will be the base of next month's informal summit at sea between President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, U.S. and Soviet officials said Wednesday as they scrambled to arrange a superpower session not quite like any other. Planning at the White House for the Dec.
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June 3, 1990 | JAMES GERSTENZANG and STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seclusion ruled the summit Saturday as Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and President Bush slipped behind the thickets of forest land that hide Camp David in the foothills of Maryland. They reportedly laughed together, enjoyed each other's company and always called each other "Mr. President." But they did all this far out of the public eye. Of course, great leaders are always as secluded as they want to be at great summits.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Finance officials from the world's top economic powers endorsed a plan Friday aimed at preventing another financial crisis like the credit and mortgage debacles that erupted in the United States and quickly sent tremors around the globe. "Rapid implementation" of the plan "will not only enhance the resilience of the global financial system for the longer term but should help to support confidence and improve the functioning of the markets," the Group of 7 officials said in a joint statement.
WORLD
November 28, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Israeli and Palestinian leaders formally agreed at an international conference Tuesday to launch their first set of peace negotiations in seven years, but failed in tortuous private discussions to resolve key questions over the content and structure of the talks. As a result, a day that began with handshakes and hopes for peace ended with undispelled doubts over the prospect for success of the renewed effort to end decades of strife in the Middle East.
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