The world's eight richest nations have agreed to spend $4 billion
to help stabilize the volatile border region between
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Foreign ministers from the Group of
Eight industrialized nations announced Thursday that 150 projects are
planned for the troubled tribal regions where extremism and instability
are serious concerns.
The officials are in the historic
Japanese city Kyoto for a two-day meeting. U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice is at the conference. She is joined by her
counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and
The talks will lay the groundwork for the Group of Eight leadership summit next month in the northern Japanese city Hokkaido.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.