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G-20 Leaders Cuddle with Koalas, But Not with Putin

This year’s G-20 Summit, hosted by Australia in Brisbane, is already off to an interesting start. Before the leaders started discussing growing the global economy and tackling Ebola, they held a brief koala summit, which means there are now dozens of pictures of President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin cuddling with the marsupials.

But that’s the only affection Putin received on Saturday, and Bloomberg News reported he plans to leave the event earlier than scheduled.

  1. Group Photo
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    Group Photo

    Each year the leaders mark the two-day gathering with a “family” photo. Here, Putin is in the far left corner, almost out of the shot. Fun fact: in 2009 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper missed the group photo because he was in the restroom. Obama was very amused.
  2. Meet Jimbelung
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    Meet Jimbelung

    Here, Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott meet Jimbelung the koala. Like the U.S. and Australia, Obama and Abbott’s koalas got along pretty well.
  3. ‘Get out of Ukraine’
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    ‘Get out of Ukraine’

    Don’t let this friendly smile fool you: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had some harsh words for Putin. “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine,” Harper told Putin, the prime minister’s spokesman Jason MacDonald said in an e-mail, according to Bloomberg News.
  4. Putin avoids being ‘shirtfronted’
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    Putin avoids being ‘shirtfronted’

    Abbott previously promised to “shirtfront” Putin (a physical threat) over the downing of MH17 by Russian-backed rebels. But here they seem to have, at least temporarily, set that aside.