This week, political and economic leaders from 19 of the world's most influential countries and the European Union are meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The group, called G20—short for Group of Twenty—began meeting regularly in 2008 for major discussion and decision-making on global issues.
This year's summit is especially heated. Argentinians are protesting in droves in the capital—the government is allocating a massive amount of resources to the safety and security of the leaders at the same time that the country faces tight austerity measures. Ahead of the summit's first day of meetings, Argentinian leftists organized protests against the International Monetary Fund and the summit itself, and clashed with national police.
Meanwhile, international tensions are high. All eyes are on Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who many intelligence agencies and governments are blaming for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump canceled a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing the seizure of Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea—although the cancelation came directly after Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in the ongoing Department of Justice probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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Performers wearing masks of world leaders hold a placard reading: "Better Off Equal! Close the Gap Between Rich and Poor" during a demonstration called by several non-governmental organizations ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2nd, 2017.