UK takes over presidency of G8 group

  • The United Kingdom has assumed its year-long presidency of the Group of Eight (G8) of nations.

    The presidency, which rotates through the G8 members, means it will host the annual summit and enables it to choose the global priorities that are discussed.

    June's summit will be held at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.

    The G8 is made up countries that have historically been the richest in the world: France, the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada and the UK.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is looking to focus on tackling trade protectionism, cracking down on tax havens and pushing for greater government transparency.