Awkward International Relations of the Day: Putin Drapes First Lady of China in Shawl

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Awkward International Relations of the Day: Putin Drapes First Lady of China in Shawl
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The A in APEC should stand for "awkward," because that's what this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing was all about.

There was a very strange handshake between Japan's prime minister and the Chinese president. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted each other with some sort of elbow grab, and both leaders managed to offend the Chinese in their own ways, including Obama chewing gum upon entry to the event, and what has quickly become the most talked about moment: Putin randomly draping the first lady of China Peng Liyuan in a shawl.

She accepted the gift, but almost immediately removed it (around 40 seconds into the video). Sorry Vlad.



Within a few hours after the clip aired on live TV and was passed around on Twitter, censors attempted to remove all traces of the moment from both mainstream outlets and social media, according to Foreign Policy.

This wasn't Putin's first awkward "shawl moment." He also draped German Chancellor Merkel at the G20 Summit in 2013.

Beware world leaders: newly-single, bare-chested, horseback-riding Putin is officially on the prowl for your wives.

Have You Ever Been So Excited That You Ruined You Chances for Re-Election?

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is up for re-election this year, but after this passionate speech things may be on the downturn for the incumbent. More importantly, check his pants around the 20 second mark and keep watching.

Things Get Awkward Between Chelsea Handler and Piers Morgan

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Comedian Chelsea Handler wasn't afraid to put Piers Morgan in his place when she called him out on choosing to ignore her and tweet through an entire commercial break while she was a guest on his CNN evening talk show, "Piers Morgan Live."