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World's media focus on G8 summit
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ABC News says the G8 talks may secure an aid package for Africa
As leaders of the world's eight wealthiest nations meet at Gleneagles for the G8 summit, the eyes of the world's media are on Scotland.

How are newspapers and other media websites across the globe covering the summit and how have they responded to the violence which has marred the talks?

ABC News Online says the G8 leaders have expressed hope the talks will help them to resolve differences over a major aid package for Africa, but are less optimistic that agreement over global warming policy can be reached.

It says George Bush and Tony Blair, two allies over the Iraq war, are at loggerheads over the British prime minister's plan to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

ABC News says the summit began on Wednesday with a formal dinner hosted by the Queen, before which the US president fell from his bike. He collided with a Scottish police officer on "rain-soaked roads" on the 850-acre Gleneagles estate.

"Riot police with attack dogs beat back demonstrators on Wednesday as thousands marched near the site of the summit, demanding action on poverty reduction and climate change," ABC News also reports.

Montreal Gazette
The Montreal Gazette says G8 leaders were anxious to meet two Irishmen

The Washington Post says once again a summit of the world's riches countries opened amid angry protests and sporadic violence.

The newspaper says George Bush's proposal to boost aid to Africa over the next five years includes only about $800m beyond spending hikes that were already planned under other administrations' initiatives.

"The G8 governments' recent measures did not impress many of the thousands of protesters who thronged the streets of Edinburgh and the towns of Stirling and Auchterarder in a bid to make their voices heard inside Gleneagles," it writes.

Birthday blues

The Sydney Morning Herald leads with the headline "Bush's Birthday Bicycle Bingle" and reports how the US president grazed his hands in the bike accident as he celebrated his 59th birthday.

The paper quotes White House spokesman Scott McLellan who says Mr Bush was pedalling "at a pretty good speed" when he collided with the police officer.

"He was wearing a helmet," Mr McClellan said. "The accident occurred on asphalt. His scrapes were mild to moderate."

The paper also mentions the violence clashes between protesters and police and says "a helicopter and vans dropped reinforcements of baton-wielding police and dogs who clashed with the activists" in Auchterarder.

Chirac's dilemma

The Mail and Guardian, South Africa's first online paper, quotes John Kirton of the G8 Research Group, an analytical unit of the University of Toronto in Canada.

Mr Kirton speculates on how the G8 negotiations will go and says French President Jacques Chirac "faces the temptation of playing to the folks back home on Europe and climate change. He might play the role of Kyoto [Protocol] fundamentalist and that could make it more difficult to get a consensus."

The paper says Nelson Mandela's appearance at the Live 8 concert at Murrayfield in Edinburgh was a success and writes: "At first hushed by the former South African leader's appearance, the crowd later erupted into roaring cheers, many waving white-and-blue Scottish flags or red-and-white English flags".

The Moscow Times online
The Moscow Times says it has viewed "a leaked G8 document"

It then says "the mood turned sombre at times when images of poverty-stricken and sick Africans appeared on stadium screens".

The Moscow Times focuses on "a leaked G8 paper" which suggests Russian premier Vladimir Putin looks set to sign a pledge to remove barriers to investment in the oil sector.

The paper reports: "Since his election in 2000, Putin has repeatedly said that Russia will be a dependable energy supplier, even as his government has failed to free up pipeline bottlenecks and scared off investment with the smashing of oil giant Yukos."

Canada's Montreal Gazette says "violent protesters and two aging Irish rock stars who won't take no for an answer stole the spotlight from Prime Minister Paul Martin and the world's most powerful men at the big G8 summit".

It says camera crews and G8 leaders were "falling over one another" to speak to Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof and U2 frontman Bono.

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