Hamburg — Leaders from the world’s leading economies broke with US President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G-20 summit on Saturday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral co-operation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, keen to show off her skills as a mediator two months before a German election, achieved her primary goal at the meeting in Hamburg, convincing her fellow leaders to support a single communique with pledges on trade, finance, energy and Africa. But the divide between Trump, elected on a pledge to put "America First", and the 19 other members of the club, including countries as diverse as Japan, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, was stark. Last month Trump announced he was pulling the US out of a landmark international climate accord clinched two years ago in Paris. "In the end, the negotiations on climate reflect dissent – all against the United States of America," Merkel told reporters at the end of the meeting. "And the fact that negotiati...

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