ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland – Police are expected to outnumber protesters Monday at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland, where leaders will seek to narrow their differences on Syria’s civil war, promoting freer trade between Europe and North America, and combating global tax evasion.
Police commanders in Northern Ireland said they are optimistic that the summit will pass peacefully, with only 2,000 protesters expected to travel to the remote lakeside area for Monday night’s main planned demonstration.
About 7,000 officers are providing security as leaders arrive for the two-day summit starting today at a golf resort on a peninsula near the town of Enniskillen.
The host, British Prime Minister David Cameron, has pushed for more sharing of financial information among countries. In his final pre-summit declaration, Cameron said his country would lead by example by setting up a registry that reveals who is behind so-called shell companies that obscure their true owners.
Cameron is being joined by President Barack Obama, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan.
Turkish police enter neighborhoods
The turmoil in Turkey entered a new stage Sunday, with riot police tearing through residential neighborhoods in Istanbul to clear streets of protesters as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a fiery speech to tens of thousands of supporters on the city’s outskirts.
As thousands of protesters who had been pushed out of central Taksim Square a day earlier tried to return, many said they would stay in the streets, and five major trade unions declared a general strike starting today.
China to check for toxins in egg plants
China ordered nationwide inspections of preserved egg plants after media reports that toxic chemicals are being used as additives, the latest in a series of food scandals that have plagued the world’s most populous nation.
Local governments were told to check all preserved egg plants and products to strictly examine whether industrial copper sulphate additives are being illegally used, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Plants found using the chemical will be shut down and tainted eggs should be removed from markets
Authorities on Friday shut 30 plants producing preserved eggs.
Czech premier to quit over scandal
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announced Sunday that he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government.
Necas has been under pressure to quit since police conducted raids all across the country last week and arrested eight people, including Necas’ closest aide and the head of his office, Jana Nagyova. She was charged with ordering a military intelligence agency to spy on three people, including Necas’ estranged wife.
Putin denies theft of Super Bowl ring
Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying insinuations that he stole New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring that’s on display in the Kremlin, but says he’s ready to buy him another ring as a gift.
Putin was reacting Sunday through a spokesman to a New York Post story quoting remarks made by Kraft at an awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York on Thursday.
I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin). And he put it on and he goes, I can kill someone with this ring,’ Kraft said, as quoted by the Post. I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.
The diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring worth about $25,000 changed hands while Kraft was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005 with an American business delegation that met Putin. At the time, Kraft had said he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.
Mandela recovering from lung infection
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is engaging with his family and seeing improvement from the recurring lung infection that forced him to spend a ninth day in the hospital Sunday, the president said.
President Jacob Zuma said Mandela remains in serious condition but that over the last two days his doctors have said that the improvements in his health have been sustained. His hospitalization in Pretoria, the capital, is Mandela’s fourth admittance for treatment since December.