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G7 summit ends in deadlock over climate change


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G7 summit ends in deadlock over climate change

There were scuffles in Sicily on Saturday as protesters tried break through a police cordon protecting world leaders at this year’s G7.

The violent scenes came at the end of summit which also finished in division. While US president Donald Trump backed a pledge to fight protectionism he refused to endorse a major accord on climate change.

Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said: “We have noted that six out of seven countries have confirmed their commitment to the Paris agreement…..The United States, however, is undergoing a review process.”

While there was no deal on climate, there was broad agreement on Syria, North Korea and on ways to tackle terrorism in the wake of the attack in Manchester.

French President Emmanuel Macron said:“The debate during this G7 allowed us to advance, very clearly, in the struggle against terrorism. France has been hit in the last few years by terrorism as I will remind you the United Kingdom and Egypt in these past few days. The discussion was extremely rich on this subject and it allowed for the first time to sign a document resulting in a common commitment to fight terrorism on various fronts.”

Several African leaders also took part in the summit with Italy deliberately holding the meeting in Sicily to highlight the issue of migration But that only got a mention in the G7 leaders final communique, with security, trade and terrorism dominating.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, dies aged 89

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, dies aged 89