Melania Trump 'trapped' in hotel by G20 riots in Germany

100s of 'clay figures' walk zombie-like through Hamburg in G20 protest

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump confer s Argentinia's President Mauricio Macri walks past them at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. Pulling a serious and determined face whilst conferring with the US president during their one-on-one, allows the Russian president to reaffirm his status as one of the world's great leaders. Issues of corruption and a poor governance culture have plagued the continent and have led many western analysts to doubt the effectiveness of any further assistance.

A German government spokesman had said on Monday the monarch himself would not be taking part in the summit, without giving an explanation. Police have used water cannon to clear roads that G20 officials are using. The distinction doesn't matter - all that matters is that it's burning. Firecrackers and bottles were also thrown at riot police who attempted to disperse the crowd, while police helicopters circled overhead. But a phalanx of activists dressed in dark clothes, with their faces concealed, held their ground. Police advised people to avoid the area to not get caught up in the chaotic scenes.

Police vehicles spewing powerful volleys of pressurized water rolled toward the protesters. A sturdy pinnacle in an uncertain age; a bridge in more senses than one.

On Thursday, Hamburg police said that a total of 13,970 people gathered at various anti-G20 protests across Hamburg on Wednesday.

The first lady tweeted about the violent protests early Friday morning that left 130 police officers injured the day before.

A new free trade deal between Japan and the EU, announced on the eve of the summit, was seen as a not-so-subtle rebuke of Trump's protectionist policies and the recent Brexit vote. After the cameras snapped away, Merkel, in the center, dismissed the group with a firm nod of the head.

Global economic growth - Although the G20 deliberations themselves take place in a confidential setting, trade has always been a permanent item on the agenda at the Summit.

"As we deny physical space to terrorists to operate in theatre, we must outpace the terrorist methodology as it develops to attack other vulnerable targets and increases inspired attacks".

Russia wants the U.S.to return the two compounds in New York and Maryland that were seized by the Obama administration as punishment for election meddling.

There were some 30 arrests.

"Hamburg has adjusted to the flows of globalization for hundreds of years", Voepel said.

"I still can't believe Americans elected him", said Sebastian Keller, 35.

Progress on such questions-unlikely to feature among the concluding annoucements here in Hamburg tomorrow-matters so much because we are in what the political scientist Ian Bremmer calls a "G-Zero" world; one in which no country or bloc can shape or direct global events. The question that comes to my mind is whether she will have enough time to spare for Africa's perennial economic problems.

"Refugees are dying at sea", she said. "Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares!"

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