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G-8 Leaders Winding Up Summit


The summit of the world's seven leading industrialized nations and Russia is winding up its work today-Friday in Scotland in the wake of Thursday's terrorist bombings in London.

The Group of Eight leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, and the United States are ending the summit an hour earlier than expected to allow British Prime Minister Tony Blair to return to London to deal with the aftermath of the attacks.

Officials say the leaders will endorse a deal to wipe out more than 40-billion dollars in debt owed by 18 poor nations, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

They also plan to issue a final statement acknowledging that human activity is partially responsible for global warming and urging action to deal with the issue. A draft the statement calls climate change a "serious long-term challenge" with the potential to affect every part of the world. It identifies the increasing use of fossil fuels as the main cause of the problem.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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