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After the pageantry and splendor of audiences with the Queen and dinner at Downing Street, G-20 leaders could be forgiven a sense of anti-climax as they arrived for work Thursday for a summit heralding a "new era of international partnership," according to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

For security reasons, the leaders and their accompanying delegations have been closeted away in a cavernous exhibition hall on London's eastern fringes; a nondescript landscape of travel hotels and car parks that would feel instantly familiar to traveling salesmen the world over.

Were it not for the heavily armed police presence that have turned the ExCel Centre into a protest-free zone, the day's gathering could easily be mistaken for a conference of executive junior managers. Read full article »

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