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Australia's Abbott Challenges G-20 on Economic Growth

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U.S. President Barack Obama listens as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes opening remarks at the first plenary session of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

U.S. President Barack Obama listens as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes opening remarks at the first plenary session of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

Heads of state of the Group of 20 economic powers meeting in Brisbane, Australia, are working on plans to boost the world's gross domestic product.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has challenged G-20 members to come up with a definite plan to help add $2 trillion to the world's GDP in hopes of creating jobs and encouraging more free trade.

The newspaper The Australian says it had obtained a draft copy of a final communique from the summit, in which the world leaders agree on a "comprehensive and coherent" plan to expand major economies by 2.1 percent. The communique was expected to be released Sunday.

President Barack Obama held three-way talks Sunday with the Australian leader and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The White House said the talks were not meant to send a message to China and its perceived aim of Pacific domination, but Obama has said the Chinese have to adhere to the same rules as all nations.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin denied that Russian President Vladimir Putin would leave the summit early because of the icy reception he received from his fellow world leaders related to events in Ukraine.

A Putin spokesman said on Russian radio Saturday that Putin would go home when all the work at the summit was done. Putin aides had said earlier that he would skip an official lunch Sunday and leave early.

Outside the convention center where the meetings are taking place, protesters assembled to draw attention to a number of issues: economic equality, the fight against the Ebola virus and climate change. So far, there have been no reports of violence.

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