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World leaders dial in as New Zealand hosts special APEC meeting on pandemic

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By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and other world leaders meet virtually on Friday for the Asia-Pacific trade group APEC, seeking collective actions to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts. New Zealand, the revolving Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation host, said this week it will chair the extraordinary meeting ahead of a formal gathering in November, the first time such an additional meeting has been held. The meeting highlights growing concerns around COVID-19 which is raging in the region as countr…

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