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Succinct event description based on multiple documents is critical to news systems as well as search engines. Different from existing summarization or event tasks, Multi-document Event Summarization (MES) aims at the query-level event sequence generation, which has extra constraints on event expression and conciseness. Identifying and summarizing the key event from a set of related articles is a challenging task that has not been sufficiently studied, mainly because online articles exhibit characteristics of redundancy and sparsity, and a perfect event summarization needs high level information fusion among diverse sentences and articles. To address these challenges, we propose a two-phase framework for the MES task, that first performs event semantic graph construction and dominant event detection via graph-sequence matching, then summarizes the extracted key event by an event-aware pointer generator. For experiments in the new task, we construct two large-scale real-world datasets for training and assessment. Extensive evaluations show that the proposed framework significantly outperforms the related baseline methods, with the most dominant event of the articles effectively identified and correctly summarized.