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G20 summit: World leaders reluctantly bow to Trump on trade amid showdown between US and China over tariffs

G20 summit: World leaders reluctantly bow to Trump on trade amid showdown between US and China over tariffsAfter hours of tense negotiation, world leaders of the G20 have signed off on a summit-ending agreement reaffirming a commitment to multilateral trade and a “rules-based international order” – but the real winner may yet be Donald Trump. The message involved a pledge to reform the World Trade Organisation (WTO), with Mr Trump having built his campaign for the presidency on the idea that America was being treated unfairly on trade issues. The EU, and its individual members, had been looking to put pressure on Mr Trump over the issue, given his ‘America First’ doctrine, but officials said they had felt resistance from Washington on almost every issue.



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Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as EU leaders up pressure

Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as EU leaders up pressureRussian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he briefed his US counterpart Donald Trump on the Ukraine crisis as he came under pressure over Moscow’s robust foreign policy at the G20 summit in Argentina. Putin said he explained Moscow’s position to Trump when the leaders met briefly at a summit dinner Friday. Putin strode into the summit under a cloud, having drawn outrage from Europe over last week’s incident in which his navy detained three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors — causing Trump to abruptly cancel their scheduled meeting.



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'Generous American Patriot': World Leaders Pay Tribute To George H.W. Bush

'Generous American Patriot': World Leaders Pay Tribute To George H.W. BushWorld leaders past and present have paid tribute to former President George



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'Start Here' podcast: House Democrats vote on new leaders

'Start Here' podcast: House Democrats vote on new leadersNancy Pelosi struggles to wrangle enough votes to reclaim the Speaker's gavel.



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China’s Influence on Display as Leaders Converge on Island Nation

China’s Influence on Display as Leaders Converge on Island NationChina has been pouring money into the Pacific Island nation, injecting at least $ 5.9 billion of infrastructure spending since 2011 into an economy smaller than any U.S. state. The investment has highlighted the region’s growing status as a strategic battleground between China and U.S. allies ahead of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summits, which are bringing Xi, Vice President Mike Pence and other world leaders there this week. A banner advertising the state-owned China Railway Group flew over a construction site near cruise ships being used to house delegations.



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Centenary of WWI's end bringing leaders to Arc de Triomphe

Centenary of WWI's end bringing leaders to Arc de TriomphePARIS (AP) — An overview of the international ceremony taking place in Paris on Sunday for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I:



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Emmanuel Macron warns world leaders against nationalism on centenary of Armistice

Emmanuel Macron warns world leaders against nationalism on centenary of ArmisticeCold rain and grey skies mirrored the sombre mood of world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in Paris on Sunday, in a reminder of the atrocious conditions endured by troops. In a show of unity, more than 60 presidents, prime ministers and ­dignitaries, many of them holding black umbrellas, walked the last few yards to the Tomb of the Unknown ­Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe, after arriving in a fleet of buses. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said the grim weather was fitting for an occasion that was not a ­celebration of victory but a ceremony marking the end of four years of ­horrific bloodshed. Donald Trump, the US president, who was criticised the previous day for cancelling a scheduled visit to a US ­military cemetery because of rain, ­arrived after the others in his armour-plated limousine, the “Beast”, because of security concerns. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, also arrived ­separately a few minutes later. Mr Macron delivered a politically-charged speech warning of the dangers of rising nationalism and praising the European Union and the United ­Nations for their contribution to peace. The signatories of the Armistice treaty pose outside the railway carriage where they ended the First World War on November 11, 1918 Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images Afterwards he said he was delighted that so many world leaders had ­attended, but questioned whether the occasion would be remembered as “a symbol of lasting peace or the last ­moment of unity before world falls into disorder. That depends on us.” Warning the assembled leaders that re-emerging “old demons” were to threaten peace, he said: “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” Mr Trump, who has proudly ­declared himself a nationalist, sat stony-faced, but smiled broadly as he exchanged a handshake with Mr Putin, who flashed him a thumbs-up sign. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, US First Lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove attend a ceremony the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Credit: AFP POOL The US president’s cordiality ­towards his Russian counterpart – ­despite alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election – has alarmed western European leaders who see Russia as a growing threat. Feminist activists from the Femen group broke through the security ­cordon and staged a brief topless ­protest near Mr Trump’s car before ­being dragged away by police. Despite a plea by Mr Macron for a strong EU, Europe’s deep political divisions were underscored by an independence day celebration in Warsaw, in which the Polish president and prime minister marched with far-Right groups for the first time. The Paris event produced some unlikely pairings. It was attended by the presidents of both Serbia and Kosovo, which are struggling to normalise ­relations nearly 20 years after a Nato bombing campaign ended the conflict in Kosovo and paved the way for its ­independence from Serbia. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the ceremony commemorating the end of the First World War Credit: BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, spoke to Mr Putin for the first time since a Russian plane was shot down in Syria during an Israeli air strike. French commentators criticised the lack of high-level British representation in Paris. Franck Ferrand, an author and broadcaster, said it was regrettable that “no British leader or member of the Royal Family has chosen to attend”.  The UK was represented by David Lidington, the de facto deputy prime minister and Minister for the Cabinet Office. Before Mr Macron spoke, teenagers read out letters written by First World War soldiers on the day the bloodshed ceased. One of them, from British ­officer Charles Neville of the Royal Horse Artillery, described streets “packed with wildly cheering civilians, chucking flowers at us and carrying on only like a foreigner can”. After the ceremony and lunch at the Elysée Palace, dozens of leaders ­attended the inaugural meeting of the International Peace Forum, intended by Mr Macron to promote multilateral cooperation to resolve conflicts. Mr Macron told the gathering that the allies had won the war, but not the peace, as they had failed to prevent the Second World War.  Mrs Merkel denounced the “national vaingloriousness and military ­arrogance” that led to the “senseless bloodshed” of two world wars. Mr Trump did not attend the ­session, instead visiting a US military cemetery in Suresnes, western Paris, where he paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of French and American soldiers, ­before flying home.



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The Latest: Leaders discuss Ukraine elections at Paris meet

The Latest: Leaders discuss Ukraine elections at Paris meetPARIS (AP) — The latest on commemorations a century after the end of World War I (all times local):



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World Leaders Gather In Paris For The 100-Year Anniversary Of WWI Ending

World Leaders Gather In Paris For The 100-Year Anniversary Of WWI EndingDozens of world leaders gathered on Sunday at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to



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Leaders of France and Germany in poignant show of unity 100 years after WW1

Leaders of France and Germany in poignant show of unity 100 years after WW1President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel inspected troops from a joint Franco-German Brigade before unveiling a plaque paying tribute to the reconciliation and renewed friendship between the foes of two world wars. More than 3 million French and German troops were among an estimated 10 million soldiers who died in the Great War of 1914-1918. Much of the heaviest fighting was in trenches in northern France and Belgium.



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