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The Island Weavers

I've already told you about the knitting abilities of Peruvian men and women. But the Uru people living on Lake Titicaca take it to a whole other lever: Not only do they use bundles of dried reeds to make boats like the one on this slide — but they weave the artificial islets themselves!

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War In Ukraine, Day 134: G20 Begins In Bali, Lavrov And Blinken In Same Room

Both the U.S. Secretary of State and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock confirmed they would not have bilateral meetings with their Russian counterpart.

Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bali

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Cameron Manley and Emma Albright

G20 foreign ministers are meeting today and tomorrow in Bali, Indonesia, for a summit sure to be dominated by the Ukraine war, and the presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov among his Western counterparts.

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Russia must not be allowed to use the G20 meeting as a platform given the situation in Ukraine.

This is the first time the G20 foreign ministers will see Lavrov since Russia launched its invasion in Ukraine. According to the Russian news agency TASS, Lavrov was planning to meet some of his counterparts one-on-on on the sidelines of the summit but several ministers, such as Baerbock or the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have ruled out the possibility.

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