British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott have arrived in Brisbane for the G20 leaders summit, where the crisis in Ukraine is expected to take centre stage.
US President Barack Obama has met Thein Sein, Myanmar’s president, shortly after accusing his government for "backsliding" on democratic reforms.
China and the United States, which together produce around 45 percent of the world's carbon dioxide, have set ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets, with Beijing setting a goal for its emissions to peak "around 2030".
The United States has had no role in the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, US President Barack Obama has said.
Myanmar prepares to welcome world leaders as it hosts the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit for the first time since the country began introducing political reforms nearly four years ago.
A South Korean district court has handed a sentence of 36 years in prison to the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people.
China has imprisoned almost two dozen people - mostly Muslim religious leaders - in the western region of Xinjiang, in a stepped up crackdown on "illegal religious activities", Chinese media reported.
The leaders of China and Japan have held one-on-one talks for the first time since they took office, signalling willingness to put on the back burner a bitter row over disputed islands and Japan's war-time aggression.
Thousands of residents carrying white balloons walked through Tacloban City in the central Philippines to mark the first anniversary since Typhoon Haiyan hit the area, and killed or left missing close to 8,000 people.
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