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World leaders gather for G20 summit in Buenos Aires

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World leaders on Friday have descended on Buenos Aires for the G20 summit.

Riyadh’s Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly ordered the murder of a Washington Post journalist, and Moscow’s Vladimir Putin sparked controversy within minutes of their arrival, after they were pictured exchanging an enthusiastic greeting at the event.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also confronted the Crown Prince in the Argentinian capital, insisting that he ensure "those responsible for the appalling murder of Jamal Khashoggi are held to account, and that Saudi Arabia takes action to build confidence that such a deplorable incident could not happen again," according to a statement released by her office.

Aside from politics, migration, climate change and trade are set to be high on the agenda at the global summit, where Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump are expected to go head-to-head over soaring import tariffs.

Trump and Putin will also be under the spotlight after the pair were supposed to sit down together for a planned high profile meeting, until the rendez-vous was cancelled at the last minute over Russia’s Black Sea dispute with Ukraine.

Despite this, an "impromptu" meeting between the leaders is still on, the RIA news agency reported Friday, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

But there was some good news for the Republican on Friday. Ahead of the G20 summit, it emerged that the US, Canada and Mexico had signed a trade deal worth over $1 trillion to replace NAFTA, fulfilling one of Trump's campaign promises from 2016.

Describing it as "probably the greatest trade deal ever", he said of the agreement: "All of our countries will benefit greatly".