Leaders talk climate change in G7 Summit

ELMAU: After spending much of the first day talking about Ukraine, leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies shifted their focus on Monday to global issues including climate change, terrorism and the threat from diseases such as Ebola.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel aimed to get backing for a strong agreement on cutting back carbon-based fuels and renewing commitments to limit global warming to a 2 degree Celsius rise in temperatures, as well as providing $100 billion in aid to poor countries dealing with the impact of climate change. An agreement among the G-7 would send a strong signal to the climate change conference in Paris later this year.


  •    Sixth MERS death

    SEOUL: South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected. A total of 87 people in South Korea have been infected by MERS since last month in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East. About 1,870 schools have closed and more than 2,000 people are isolated at their homes or state-run facilities after having contact with patients infected with the virus. An 80-year-old man, who tested positive for the virus last week while being treated for pneumonia, died on Monday and became the country's sixth death linked to MERS, according to a statement from the Health Ministry.


  • Turkey poll result

ANKARA: Turkey's long-ruling party has suffered surprisingly strong losses in Parliament that will force it to seek a coalition partner for the next government, but other parties on Monday vowed to resist any pact. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, known as the AKP, won less than 41 per cent of votes in Sunday's election for Turkey's 550-seat Parliament. It was projected to take 258 seats, still top of the political heap but 18 below the minimum required to rule alone.  The result dealt a stunning rebuke to Erdogan, who had hoped to reshape Turkey's democracy into one with a powerful presidency in which he — not Parliament — would wield most control of government affairs. Erdogan's party colleague, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, convened his cabinet on Monday to chart the most likely course to remain in power, whether by coaxing a reluctant opponent to the table or by trying to rule alone in the Parliament.