Leaders who control 85 percent of the global economy are in Brisbane, Australia, to thrash out how to collectively grow the global economy by 2 percent. Jobs, growth, and tax evasion will remain top conversation points, but politics may steal the show.
Vladimir Putin says the G20 must address global imbalances together, and economic isolation, especially in the case of sanctions, which not only leads nowhere but is a crude violation of international economic law.
The world’s largest advanced and emerging economies are gathering in the Australian city of Brisbane for the annual G20 summit. Global security, post-economic crisis recovery and financial reform will top the agenda.
An activist with a history of confronting Western leaders, from Thatcher to George W. Bush, has been banned “without explanation” from the G20 summit, where he hoped to ask Obama to pardon the jailed Chelsea Manning and stop persecuting Julian Assange.
The Russian and Australian leaders have discussed the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 on the sidelines of the APEC summit in China. Despite a previous promise to act tough, PM Abbott has abstained from physical force against President Putin.
President Barack Obama is again pushing international leaders to finalize the trans-Pacific trade deal between 12 countries that would eradicate tariffs and regulations, but critics say the secretive negotiations have been a boon only to corporations.
To the average person, quantum mechanics is the convoluted, science fiction-y branch of physics. A radical new theory plays into that, proposing that parallel universes exist and interact with each other ‒ and that scientists may be able to test for them.
The UN Secretary General’s visit to Vienna was marked with a spectacular faux pas: Ban Ki-moon mistook Austria for Australia, leading some reporters to wonder if his gaffe was due to being serenaded by cross-dressing star Conchita Wurst.