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London calling: Redford's final travel bill of $131K includes English retreat

EDMONTON - The bill for Alison Redford's final trip as premier of Alberta has come in at $131,000 — and includes taxpayer-funded flights to London for a private weekend getaway. Overall costs for the two-week January trip were released Wednesday by the International and Intergovernmental Relations Department. Itemized receipts are to be posted online next month. The trade mission and networking trip to India and Switzerland included a stopover for private time in London that was not on the original itinerary.

What we learned at (and about) Davos this year

Iran's charm offensive is working, China and Japan really are not getting on very well and bankers still have a hard time saying sorry. As far as the serious stuff was concerned, those were the main things this reporter took away from the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF14). Less important but just as memorable on a debut outing at Davos was the scene just after 2:00 am on Friday morning on a packed dance floor at the Belvedere Hotel.

Park returns home after 'sales diplomacy' trip to India, Switzerland

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye returned home Thursday after a weeklong trip to India and Switzerland to enhance economic cooperation under her "sales diplomacy" drive. Park first made a state visit to New Delhi and held a summit with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The talks produced an agreement to revise the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement -- a free trade pact that has been in place since 2010. The revision, if realized, would allow South Korean firms wider access to the massive market of 1.2 billion people.

Park champions 'creative economy' as solution to global economic woes

By Joint Press Corps and Chang Jae-soon DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye championed her "creative economy" vision Wednesday as a solution to global economic woes such as low growth, high unemployment and widening inequalities at an annual meeting of global political and business leaders in Switzerland.

Japan PM seeks limelight as global elite gathers in Davos

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, currently embroiled in a diplomatic spat with China, takes centre stage at Davos Wednesday as 2,500 political and business leaders kick off their annual brainstorming blitz. With landmark Syrian peace talks opening just down the road and both Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to drop into the Swiss Alpine resort later in the week, the volatile situation in the Middle East will weigh heavily on this year's World Economic Forum.

Pope to Davos elite: use your skills for the poor

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on the world's political and business elite gathered in Davos to use their spirit of entrepreneurship to alleviate crushing global poverty. In a message read out at the opening ceremony of the annual World Economic Forum, Francis said: "Those who have demonstrated their ability to be innovative and for improving the lives of many people by their ingenuity and professional expertise can further contribute by putting their skills at the service of those who are still living in dire poverty."

Pope to Davos: Humanity must be served by wealth, not ruled by it

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has urged the world's political and financial elite attending the Davos forum to put their expertise and ingenuity at the service of the poor to move beyond a welfare mentality for dealing with hunger and poverty. In a message to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Francis said Tuesday: "I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it."

Bloodied Syria, resurgent Iran set to dominate at Davos

The bloody civil war in Syria and Iran's efforts to come in from the diplomatic cold will drive the agenda next week as world leaders, business chiefs and celebrities gather in the swanky Swiss ski resort of Davos. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tops the bill of more than 40 leaders and 2,000 of the world's most powerful economic players expected at the mountainside gathering in the annual shindig that starts Tuesday.

Bloodied Syria, resurgent Iran set to dominate at Davos

The bloody civil war in Syria and Iran's efforts to come in from the diplomatic cold will drive the agenda next week as world leaders, business chiefs and celebrities gather in the swanky Swiss ski resort of Davos. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tops the bill of more than 40 leaders and 2,000 of the world's most powerful economic players expected at the mountainside gathering in the annual shindig that starts Tuesday.

Park arrives in Switzerland for state visit, Davos Forum

By Chang Jae-soon BERN, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrived in Switzerland on Saturday for a state visit to Bern and an annual meeting of global business leaders and politicians at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Park is the first South Korean president to make a state visit to the European country since the two sides opened diplomatic relations in 1963. Officials said Switzerland invites only one foreign leader for a state visit a year and that this year's invitation to Park shows that the country hopes for greater cooperation with South Korea.
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