US stands apart as G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

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The balloon is now drifting above the Plaza del Congreso, Buenos Aires, where the president landed on Thursday to begin critical talks held as part of the G20 summit.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said the allegations against the prince may be discussed during the G20 summit.

Some G-20 leaders may raise issues at the summit such as Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and Britain's progress toward an agreement to leave the European Union, according to diplomatic sources.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of major developing economies condemned protectionism at a G20 summit in Argentina on Friday overshadowed by U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to escalate tariffs on China.

Trump rejected a statement by fellow leaders of the G7 industrialized economies at a summit in May after a tense gathering ended in acrimony, again over tariffs and trade.

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Among the other leaders at the summit will be Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the focus of tensions over the murder of one of his prominent critics in October.

French President Emmanuel Macron held a five-minute exchange with the crown prince during which, a French official said, Mr Macron had conveyed "very firm" messages over the Khashoggi affair.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri opened the summit on November 30 with a call for member states to support worldwide cooperation and multilateralism.

President Paul Kagame on Thursday arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the G20 Leaders' Summit. If we can make a deal that'd be good.

Hanging over the summit in Buenos Aires is the trade dispute between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, which have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars on each other's imports after Trump launched an effort to correct what he views as China's unfair commercial practices.

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It was a very big challenge for me, with some of the things that he has said in the past, especially in the a year ago or two. "An injury - a proper injury - that will keep him out for a while".

Despite Trump's dismissal of concerns about global warming, China, France and the United Nations came together Friday to pledge their support for the Paris climate accord.

Taking the world stage at the G20 is a welcome relief for Mr Macron, who has faced mass protests at home over rising fuel taxes that are the biggest challenge yet to his presidency.

However, Trudeau took advantage of the signing ceremony to say the partners needed to keep working to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum.

He wrote: "Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russian Federation, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin".

However, Mrs Merkel's own arrival at the summit has been delayed by a technical fault in her plane. "I hope that the United States and China will move toward each other and work hard to achieve positive results", Gao said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the second most searched leader on the search engine after US President Donald Trump.

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Theresa May has become the first Conservative Prime Minister to visit Argentina - and the only one to visit its capital - since Margaret Thatcher's Falklands war.

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