Obama to attend G-20 summit
WASHINGTON • US President Barack Obama will travel to Turkey for a G-20 summit, followed by stops in the Philippines and Malaysia for meetings with world leaders next month, the White House said on Monday. The summit will centre on a new plan to crack down on tax evasion by multinational corporations that costs countries at least US$100 billion (S$139 billion) a year.
'No moratorium' on coal mines
SYDNEY • Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dismissed calls yesterday for a moratorium on new coal mines, which has been urged by influential citizens and Pacific leaders who say the mines contribute to global warming. The government's incoming chief scientist Alan Finkel said it was critically important that Australia reduce its carbon emissions.
'Nuke sanctions to be lifted soon'
DUBAI • Iran's President Hassan Rohani said yesterday he expected nuclear sanctions against Teheran to be lifted by the end of the year, state news agency Irna reported. He told reporters this during a ceremony to welcome the new Spanish ambassador to Teheran.