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Jun 5, 2014

Hollande bids to use D-Day encounters for Ukraine thaw

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande urged world leaders arriving in France on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s D-Day landings to use the occasion to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Hollande, criticised at home for a lack of initiative on Ukraine, was due to have a working dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama before dashing across Paris to join Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a second evening meal later on Thursday.

Jun 5, 2014

G7 leaders back 2015 climate deal, aim to build on US momentum

BRUSSELS/PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – The world’s leading
industrialised nations gave their backing on Thursday to a new
global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the
United States at the start of the week galvanised flagging
momentum.

The United States’ plan to cut emissions from power plants
by 30 percent by 2030 prompted the European Union into a defence
of its own record.

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With Russia outside the tent, G7 takes aim at Moscow

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and its allies used the first Group of Seven meeting without Russia in 17 years to condemn Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and threaten hard-hitting sanctions if President Vladimir Putin does not help restore stability.

Meeting in Brussels rather than the Black Sea resort of Sochi – a snub to Russia which was supposed to have hosted the G8 – Western powers and Japan delivered strong rhetoric, even if the EU’s commitment to further sanctions remains in doubt.

Jun 5, 2014

Obama: ‘no apologies’ on deal to free Bergdahl from Taliban

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would make “no apologies” for agreeing to a deal that released Taliban detainee Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, despite controversy in Washington that Congress was not notified ahead of time.

“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child,” Obama said.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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