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Putin, Obama Meet, Agree to Disagree

Meanwhile, US orders embassy personnel out of Lebanon

(Newser) - Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin had a surprise one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit today, hashing out their disagreements on Syria without coming to any real conclusion. Obama described it as a "candid and constructive conversation" and Putin called it "substantial and constructive," according... More »

Chance of Greek PM Losing Confidence Vote: High

Meanwhile, the G20 wrestles with Greece mess

(Newser) - Things aren’t looking good for George Papandreou ahead of tomorrow’s confidence vote: The Greek prime minister has lost several key supporters over his shocking plan to put the EU bailout to a vote on Dec. 4—and now has a majority of just one, Reuters reports. Greece's... More »

Protests? Pittsburgh Just Glad for Respect

Natives took the today's version of anarchy in characteristic stride

(Newser) - Native Pittsburghers definitely saw a motley crew of protesters invade for the G-20 summit this week, and were generally pretty unfazed. “It’s cool. People need to speak their mind,” one local told Bari Weiss, writing for the Wall Street Journal. “They didn’t bother anyone.”... More »

Pittsburgh G-20 March Proceeds Peacefully

Demonstration free of violence that marked yesterday's protests

(Newser) - Protesters again marched in Pittsburgh today while world leaders met at the G-20 summit, but the demonstration has so far been peaceful, in marked contrast to the mayhem that marked yesterday’s rally. The demonstration, organized by the antiwar Thomas Merton Center, made its way across town after an opening... More »

Pittsburgh Braces for Big March After 66 Arrests

G20 protesters will take to the streets—legally

(Newser) - Pittsburgh police are preparing for a big afternoon march today after arresting 66 people yesterday. One big difference: Today's march to protest the G-20 summit is sanctioned, and organizers are requiring demonstrators to pledge to behave. Yesterday and last night, a group of self-described anarchists tried to march downtown before... More »

Group of 8 Cedes Role in Economy to Group of 20

Move to broaden council adds input from likes of China, India

(Newser) - An administration official says the Group of 20 nations will become a permanent council on global economic cooperation—broadening the number of countries involved in the role currently filled by the Group of Eight major industrial nations. The G-8 would continue to meet on matters of common importance such as... More »

Pittsburgh Cops Fire Pepper Spray at Protesters

(Newser) - Protests in Pittsburgh are getting into full swing as Barack Obama and other world leaders arrive for the G-20 summit. Police fired pepper spray and smoke bombs to break up an unauthorized march of about 500 anarchists heading toward downtown, reports the Post-Gazette. Its live blog of the march says... More »

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