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Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization — for which Obama voiced strong support on Thursday after a meeting in Washington with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev — could also come up. Obama pledged to help Russia speed up its more than decade-long bid in hopes that Moscow could win acceptance as early as Sept. 30.

The G-20 group represents 85 percent of the world economy and the United States wants this group to endorse the outlines for a global financial overhaul to eliminate the threat that banks facing tougher regulations in one jurisdiction will move their operations to countries with more lax rules.


Raum reported from Toronto. Associated Press writers Jane Wardell and Emma Vandore contributed from Huntsville; Rob Gillies, Darlene Superville, Foster Klug and Martin Crutsinger from Toronto, and Matthew Lee from Washington.