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G-7 leaders to up pressure on Russia, address spreading war impact

MUNICH - Group of Seven leaders began a three-day summit in Germany on Sunday to keep up pressure on Russia over its war on Ukraine and cope with its growing consequences for the world economy as their unity and resolve to tackle global challenges are being put to a test.

During the gathering in the mountain resort of Schloss Elmau, the G-7 leaders will announce an import ban on gold from major producer Russia, a senior U.S. government official said, strengthening their sanctions regime to further isolate Moscow for its aggression.


WHO says monkeypox outbreak not yet global emergency

GENEVA - The World Health Organization decided on Saturday not to declare the outbreak of monkeypox a global emergency for the time being, even as the number of confirmed cases in non-endemic countries continues to grow.

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was advised in his decision by a committee of international health experts that convened for an emergency meeting on Thursday, Tedros said in a statement.


G-7 to impose import ban on Russian gold: U.S. official

MUNICH - The Group of Seven industrialized nations will ban imports of Russian gold as part of efforts to increase pressure on Moscow to end its war on Ukraine, a senior U.S. government official said Sunday.

The move is the latest in a series of sanctions the West has rolled out since Russia began invading its neighboring country more than four months ago. A formal announcement will be made on Tuesday, the final day of the three-day G-7 summit taking place in Germany.


Less than 3% of Japan firms exiting Russia, lowest among G-7: survey

TOKYO - Less than 3 percent of Japanese companies operating in Russia have decided to withdraw following its invasion of Ukraine, the lowest proportion among the Group of Seven nations, a recent survey shows.

A considerable number of Japanese companies were cautious about exiting from Russia, with many only suspending operations in the hope of resuming business in the future, the analysis of the survey said.


Households becoming less tolerant of surging food prices: study

TOKYO - Japanese households are becoming increasingly less tolerant of surging prices of food and daily necessities, according to a recent analysis of Bank of Japan surveys by a research company.

The Mizuho Research & Technologies Ltd. analysis of the household spending surveys runs counter to BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's remark in early June that consumers had become "tolerant" of rising prices.


Cambodia ruling party wins 80% of local council seats

PHNOM PENH - Cambodia's national election committee on Sunday released the official results of June 5 local elections and said the ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen has won about 80 percent of local council seats.

The CPP won 9,376 out of total 11,622 commune council seats in the fifth communal elections, the committee said.