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G8

The 8 wealthiest, most influential and most industrially advanced democratic nations: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, US.
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Having just come away from the sovereign debt crisis in the 17-nation eurozone and the so-called "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts in the United States, it was perhaps not surprising that G-8 leaders were eager to see in Japan a model for ensuring growth and employment.
North Korea has been criticized for its nuclear weapons program at past G-8 foreign ministerial talks but Pyongyang's bellicose behavior is escalating, with the country threatening nuclear strikes against the United States and its allies.
"We are really very satisfied by the very strong, very clear, very precise declarations that have come from all the G-8 nations and financial institutions -- bilateral agencies and development banks," Tunisian Finance Minister Jaloul Ayed told reporters in Deauville.
In their final statement, the G-8 leaders said Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi "must go" and are pressing Syria's regime to "stop using force and intimidation" against its people.
The report is a major step forward in assessing the extent to which the G-8 has lived up to its promises.
Since the G-8 was off track in its aid commitments for many years, I long wondered what the G-8 would say in 2010, when the commitments actually fell due.
We challenge the leaders of the G-8 to commit to such change and adopt wealth distribution as an important and crucial goal of global economic policy." The bishops also recommended a greater solidarity with the churches and civil society of Africa, as well as seeking their guidance in developing policies that will affect their own people.
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who hosted the G-8 summit, invited the African leaders to attend the summit as he took up aid to Africa as one of the focuses of this year's annual summit of the G-8.
The G-8 ministers will endorse the proposal when they issue a statement after meeting later Friday in Detroit to explore ways to secure a stable energy supply in case of emergencies, the sources said.
The G-8 leaders will also likely propose that developing nations adopt national strategies for IT promotion such as the one pursued by Tokyo under its ''e-Japan'' programs, the officials said.
Keiichi Inamine, referring to the 2000 Group of Eight (G-8) summit, said at the ceremony, ''I am very delighted to see the birth of the new terminal as another means for introducing Okinawan hospitality.'' The summit of the G-8 major powers will be held in July next year in Okinawa.
The participants in the meeting, the third of its kind, will be senior officials from the Group of Eight (G-8) -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States -- and Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ukraine and South Korea.