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    G-20 Summit Features Gleeful Autocrats’ Greeting

    It was a viral moment: Russian President Vladimir Putin slap-handing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom other leaders kept at a distance at the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires in light of convincing evidence that he ordered the Oct. 2 killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It contrasted sharply with President Trump’s apparent discontent amid myriad difficulties: legal troubles back home, conflict with Russia over seizing Ukrainian ships and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s imploring “Donald,” at the signing of a new North American trade deal, to cut metals tariffs.

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