Old alliances in doubt as world's top diplomats meet in Bonn

BONN, Germany - Envoys from 20 of the world's leading nations met Thursday in Germany to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises, against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries over the direction of U.S. foreign policy.

Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, who is hosting the two-day talks in the western city of Bonn, emphasized ahead of the meeting that international co-operation was the only way to tackle the big global problems.

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