G7 opponents set a cardboard tank alight as they demonstrate in the streets of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, June 5, 2015, ahead of the G7 summit in Elmau. REUTERS/Sascha Rheker
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The Bavarian Alps venue may look tranquil, but global turmoil – from Ukraine to Islamist militants and the Greek crisis – dominates the agenda of the G-7 summit, which is being held without Russia.From Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts U.S. President Barack Obama and the other leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations, with Russian President Vladimir Putin barred for a third time from what was previously the G-8 .Merkel – the group's veteran after nearly a decade in office – has repeatedly urged Putin to end Ukraine's separatist conflict so he can return to the club and help deal with other pressing global challenges on the G-7 agenda, from climate change to security threats.The G-7, derided by protesters as a group of former colonial powers, will also reach out to African leaders and hold talks with Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the leaders of Tunisia and the African Union.
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