The annual G8 meeting of leading industrial countries in Italy ended up as the G14 when the leaders of Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico and South Africa joined the core eight countries for discussions on the global economy, climate change, trade talks, development and other challenges.

Fifteen British soldiers died in nine days during a joint US-UK operation to retake Taliban strongholds in Helmand province of Afghanistan. US casualties were said to be light.

President Obama held meetings with both President Medvedev and prime minister Putin during a visit to Moscow. An agreement to make progress on nuclear disarmament was reached.

After three days of rioting China deployed thousands of troops in Urumqi, the capital of the western region of Xingjian. The violence, which involved the native Muslim Uighurs and immigrant Han Chinese, was the worst disorder in China since the Tiananmen Square confrontations in 1989.

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