Meeting of Commonwealth leaders opens in Australia

October 28, 2011 • Business

Queen Elizabeth II attends a state reception at government house in Perth, Australia, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. The Queen on her first visit to Australia since 2006 will attend Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2011 during her stay in Perth. (AP Photo/Lincoln Baker, Pool)

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A major meeting of Commonwealth nation leaders has begun in Australia.

The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting began Friday in the Western Australia city of Perth with an opening ceremony that featured traditional Aboriginal dancing.

Leaders of the nations linked to Britain’s former empire are focusing this year’s summit on how their countries can better cope with challenges such as the fragile global economy and climate change.

Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the forum. The queen says the meeting promises to bring new vibrancy to the Commonwealth.

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