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G8 summit begins in Italy amid protests

G8 summit begins in Italy amid protests
World leaders gathered in L'Aquila, central Italy for the start of the Group of Eight (G8) summit. Issues on the table include global financial crisis to climate change to the situations in Iran and Xinjiang, China. (Getty Images)
G8 summit begins in Italy amid protests
US President Barack Obama greets head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso look on. (Getty Images)
G8 summit begins in Italy amid protests
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visit quake-ravaged hamlet Onna. The quake on April 6 killed almost 300 people and destroyed entire buildings in L'Aquila and the surrounding Abruzzo region. (Getty Images)
G8 summit begins in Italy amid protests
Anti-G8 protests have overshadowed the summit. Italian riot police were deployed to stem the violence. (Getty Images)
G8 summit begins in Italy amid protests
Masked demonstrators stand on Piazza della Repubblica (Republic's square) during a demonstrations in Rome against the summit. Italian police made around 40 arrests. (Getty Images)
G8 summit begins in Italy amid protests
Plain clothes policemen arrest a protester on a quay of Termini station after clashes. Witnesses said demonstrators hurled bottles and set fire to tyres on the streets of Rome. (Getty Images)

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