1. G8 leaders wrap up summit in Northern Ireland
The Group of Eight leaders have wrapped up their summit with a renewed pledge for joint efforts to achieve a global economic recovery.
The leaders issued a statement on Tuesday after their 2-day summit in Northern Ireland.
The statement says global economic prospects remain weak. It calls for decisive action to nurture a sustainable recovery and restore the resilience of the global economy.
The statement positively evaluates Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies.
It says near-term fiscal stimulus measures, bold monetary policy and strategy for promoting private investment will support Japan's growth.
The G8 leaders agreed to promote information-sharing between tax authorities to prevent tax evasion by multinational corporations.
The leaders also expressed support for efforts by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on this issue.
On foreign policy, the statement says the G8 members will work together to stop the bloodshed and loss of life in Syria and support the Syrian people to establish peace and stability through political means.
The leaders pledged additional humanitarian aid worth 1.5 billion dollars for Syria and its neighbors, and urged other nations and organizations to follow suit.
On North Korea, the statement urges the country to refrain from provocative actions and engage constructively in multilateral talks.
The leaders are urging Pyongyang to abide by its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.
North Korea is also asked to address international concerns about its human rights violations, including the abduction issue and the treatment of refugees returned to the North.