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9997 OPEC Conference   GRN News Austria 21 April 2009 09:42 Tue

OPEC ministers are due to meet in Vienna in May to decide on production levels ahead of the summer driving here to read the Wall Street Journal article.

OPEC to monitor Venezuelas 'stabilizing oil' here to read the Reuters article.

Click here for the OPEC homepage.

10000 IISS Asia Security Conference: The Shangri-La Dialogue   GRN News Singapore 21 April 2009 10:01 Tue

IISS announces 8th Annual Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La here to read the article from News Blaze.

Click here for the summit homepage.

10002 Phil Spector On Murder Charges - Sentencing   GRN News United States of America 21 April 2009 10:37 Tue

Spector faces life sentence for actress's here to read the Independent article.

Spector will remain at Twin Towers Correctional Facility until his sentencing on May here to read the First Post article.

Click here to read a related article from the Los Angeles Times.

10003 G8 Justice And Home Affairs Ministers - Meeting   GRN News Italy 21 April 2009 10:50 Tue

Click here for the G8 homepage.

10004 UK Iraqi Security Agreement - British Operations Cease By Now   GRN News Iraq 21 April 2009 11:01 Tue

British troops to complete Iraq here for the Voice of America article.

British troops to start leaving here to read the Telegraph article.

10005 War Crimes Trial of Croatian Military Leader Ante Gotovina Continues   GRN News Netherlands, The 21 April 2009 11:15 Tue

Croatian general Ante Gotovina stands trial for war here to read the Times article.

Hague rejects Gotovina request to drop here to read the Southeast European Times article.

Click here for the BBC profile on Ante Gotovina.

10006 Man To Appear In Court Over Australian Bush Fires   GRN News Australia 21 April 2009 11:29 Tue

Australian web vigilantes call for alleged arsonist Brendan Sokaluk to be 'burned at the stake' here for the Telegraph article.

Australian arson suspect former volunteer here to read the Times article.

10010 Trial Of Accused Al-Qaeda Sleeper Agent Begins   GRN News United States of America 21 April 2009 02:01 Tue

U.S. will give Qaeda suspect a civilian here to read the New York Times article.

Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, accused by the government of being a sleeper agent for Al Qaeda and held as an enemy combatant for almost six years, appears in here for the article.

Click here to read a related article from the BBC.

10011 Bulgaria hosts Global Energy Forum Bulgaria Cveta Vrangova News Bulgaria 21 April 2009 02:01 Tue

A global energy forum will be organized in Sofia on Friday and Saturday, says the Bulgarian newspaper Standart. The forum will be under the motto "Natural gas for Europe - security and partnership". The biggest event now days on the Balkans will be attended by heads of state, ministries, experts and heads of energy companies. Experts say that Bulgaria becomes intermediary between Russia, the Caspian countries and Europe after the gas crisis in Europe after the scandal between Russia and Ukraine. South stream project will be among the priority issues on the agenda of the Global Energy Forum at Sofia's National Palace of Culture. The Bulgarian newspaper Standart says also, that observers expect a silent energy war to unfold at the forum, waged by centuries-old diplomatic means like the presence or absence of certain delegates, which expresses the position of their countries on certain issues, and the pushing of certain projects and topics up on the agenda at the expense of other. A few days before the opening of the forum, it is still uncertain who will be coming to Sofia. Russian PM Vladimir Putin, Qatar Amir H.H. Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, heads of state from the region and EC President Jose Barroso are expected to attend the forumHigh representatives of twenty-nine countries and international organizations among them being Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Greece, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), EU institutions, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, USA, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, France, Croatia, Montenegro and the Czech Republic.

10012 New South African President Inaugurated   GRN News South Africa 21 April 2009 02:49 Tue

The inauguration of South Africa’s fourth democratically-elected president will be a departure from the norm in most African here to read the article from the Daily Nation.

The city of Tshwane prepares for Presidential here to read the Times article.

Click here to read a related article from All Africa.


10023 Iranian President Ahmadinejad Visits Venezuela   GRN News Venezuela 22 April 2009 11:09 Wed

After Obama, Hugo Chavez's next summit will be with Iranian President Mahmoud here to read the article from CNS News.

Iran and Venezuela launch joint development here to read the AFP article.

Ahmadinejad and Chavez want to jointly tackle the global economic here to read the Monsters and Critics article.

10026 General Motors Restructuring Plan - Deadline   GRN News United States of America 22 April 2009 12:04 Wed

GM's debt-for-equity swap offer likely to here to read the Reuters article.

US government set to off $5 billion lifeline to General here to read the Daily Mail aritcle.

GM to slash 1,600 here to read the AFP article.

10028 Parliamentary Election Takes Place In Guinea   GRN Politics Guinea 22 April 2009 12:26 Wed

Captain Camara pushes for free, fair elections in here to read the Afrique en Ligne article.

Click here to read a related article from Africa News Today.

Click here for the CIA World Factbook page for Guinea.

10053 British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference   Stuart Linnell News United Kingdom 24 April 2009 01:34 Fri

Correspondent Stuart Linnell will be at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference in Birmingham on Monday (27th April).  Under the heading "The Business Convention- the road to recovery", the speakers include:

David Frost, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

Baroness Vadera, Minister for Economic Competitiveness and Small Business

Will Hutton, Executive Vice Chair, The Work Foundation

Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, Founder, Cobra Beer. Stuart Linell is available for 2-ways.

10099 China-Taiwan talks continue on financial services and more flights in Nanjing   GRN News China 29 April 2009 11:57 Wed

Officials from China and Taiwan are scheduled to meet in Nanjing. They are due to continue talks on financial services and expanding direct flights.

10100 ICC president visits Thailand and Indonesia   GRN News Thailand 29 April 2009 12:05 Wed

The president of the International Criminal Court, Sang-Hyun Song is to visit Thailand and Indonesia. He intends to reflect on the mandate and the current activity of the Court as both countries consider further movement toward ratification of the Rome Statute, the ICC founding instrument. It will be his first official visit abroad since he was elected president of the ICC in March 2009.

10101 Ex Yoguslav chief of staff appears before the war crimes court in the Hague   GRN News Netherlands, The 29 April 2009 12:13 Wed

The trial of Momcilo Perisic is scheduled to continue before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. Perisic, who served as the Yugoslav army's chief of the general staff between 1993 and 1998, faces eight charges that involve incidents in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Croatia. They include failing to prevent or punish his subordinates for committing crimes, including the shelling of civilian areas of Sarajevo and a rocket attack on the centre of Zagreb. Perisic also faces charges over the attack on Srebrenica in 1995 by Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic.

10102 Prime minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki visits France   GRN News France 29 April 2009 12:41 Wed

Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is scheduled to visit France. It follows a visit to Britain for a conference to promote investment in Iraq. In Paris, he is due to meet the president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the prime minister, Francois Fillon.

10103 European Commission releases spring economic forecasts   GRN News Belgium 29 April 2009 01:14 Wed

The European Commission is scheduled to release its spring economic forecast. Published twice a year, in spring and autumn, the macroeconomic projections cover a set of variables for the European Union member states as well as the aggregate figures for the EU as a whole and the euro zone. The economic forecasts cover data for economic growth, inflation, employment, general government debt and deficit, and investment. Owing to the economic and financial crisis, the Commission in January published an extended interim forecast on all big economic indicators and for all EU countries. At the time, the Commission's services forecast a fall in GDP of 1.8 per cent this year in the EU (-1.9 per cent for the euro area) and +0.5 per cent in 2010 (+0.4 per cent for euro area). The forecast for inflation was 1.2 per cent in 2009 and 1.9 per cent for 2010 (respectively 1.0 per cent and 1.8 per cent for the euro area). A press conference is due to be given by the economic and monetary affairs commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, at 11:30 at the Berlaymont in Brussels.


10105 Supreme Court in Malawi hears Madonna appeal over adoption   GRN News United Kingdom 29 April 2009 01:44 Wed

The Malawi Supreme Court in Lilongwe is scheduled to hear an appeal by US pop star Madonna against a Malawian court ruling that said she could not adopt a second child from the African country. The High Court had ruled in April 2009 that Madonna could not adopt a four-year-old girl, named Mercy James, because she was not a resident of Malawi.

10145 Czech Republic senate votes on the Lisbon Treaty   GRN News Czech Republic 05 May 2009 02:21 Tue

The Czech senate is expected to vote on the Lisbon Treaty - the international agreement signed in Lisbon on 13 December 2007 that would change the workings of the European Union. Of the 27 EU member states, only the Czech Republic and Ireland have yet to ratify the reform treaty.The expectation is that it will pass but in an exclusive interview last week Prime Minister Mirek Toplanek told GRN's Bruce Konviser he was only "75%" sure And it's the senator's from his own Civic Demcoraty Party (ODS). On Friday, May 8, the caretaker government of Jan Fischer is expected to be installed, and they will serve until after the parliamentary elections are held, most likely in October.

10163 Royal Navy to celebrate centenary of naval aviation with flypast over HMS Illustrious   GRN News United Kingdom 06 May 2009 11:09 Wed

On 7 May 2009 the Royal Navy will be celebrating the Centenary of Naval Aviation with a spectacular flypast over the UK’s strike carrier, HMS Illustrious, in London. The Balbo formation of forty fixed wing and rotary wing Naval aircraft will be led by modern, state-of-the-art Merlin helicopters, followed by different variants of Sea King and Lynx helicopters, as well as Hawk and Jetstream aircraft passing directly over the carrier at midday. HMS Illustrious will be paying a high profile visit to London from 6-11 May as the centrepiece of the celebrations and will be moored in the Thames at Greenwich close to the former home of the Royal Navy, the magnificent Old Royal Naval College in the heart of Maritime Greenwich. His Royal Highness, the Duke of York KG, Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm and a distinguished Naval pilot who saw active service in the Falklands conflict, will be guest of honour onboard as the flypast passes over head. He will be welcomed onboard the Navy’s flagship, by the Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB OBE, who takes over from Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB ADC as First Sea Lord in July. The Duke of York will also meet celebrated Fleet Air Arm veterans, including the Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot Captain Eric Brown; Swordfish pilot, John Moffat famous for crippling the German Battleship Bismarck; Lieutenant Commander Edgar Lee, one of few remaining survivors of the daring Channel Dash operation in 1942; former Fleet Air Arm pilot Sir George Martin and veterans from Naval air operations in the Falklands War and Afghanistan.

10168 Nasa to launch risky mission to fix Hubble telescope Cape Canaveral, Florida Jacqui Goddard News United States of America 06 May 2009 06:10 Wed

Nasa is set to launch one of the most challenging and dangerous missions of its 28-year-old space shuttle programme. Atlantis will carry a crew of seven astronauts on an 11-day mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in a daring operation to be carried out more than 300 miles above Earth. For 19 years, Hubble has beamed back unprecedented glimpses of deep space that have allowed astronomers to solve some of the greatest mysteries of the universe. But it is now in danger of total breakdown. Atlantis's crew, led by daredevil astronaut Scott Altman - a US Navy fighter pilot who flew the aerial stunts for Tom Cruise's character in the film Top Gun - must capture the Hubble while flying alongside at 17,500mph then carry out a series of five spacewalks to repair and replace vital parts. The stakes are high; this is Nasa's last chance to fix Hubble's problems before retiring the space shuttle fleet next year, plus the mission carries an increased risk of trouble due to the abundance of spacejunk present at such an altitude. Nasa is so concerned about the risk of the shuttle getting damaged and becoming stranded that it has taken the unprecedented step of putting a second shuttle and skeleton crew on standby ready to go to the rescue if needed. Both crews say they are ready for anything - and prepared to put their lives on the line for the sake of saving Hubble, a scientific treasure that is considered the greatest astronomical development since Galileo invented the telescope in the 17th century.

Nasa, space, shuttle, Hubble
10181 UN commission on sustainable development meets in New York   GRN News United States of America 08 May 2009 12:34 Fri

The 17th session of the UN commission on sustainable development is scheduled to take place in New York. CSD-17 is due to focus on: agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa.

10259 Bulgaria starts the campaign for European elections Sofia Cveta Vrangova Politics Bulgaria 18 May 2009 10:22 Mon

Bulgaria officially launched on Sunday the pre-election campaign for the upcoming European elections, which will be held on June 7, says Bulgarian news agency Novinite. The campaign will end at midnight on June 6. Bulgarians will be urged to head for the polls twice this summer after Bulgarian parliament rejected the ‘two votes in one day' proposal put forward by the National Movement for Stability and Progress (NMSP) of the former Tsar and PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg, says also the agency. Still surveys show that local businesses and organized crime figures can easily buy their way to power in Bulgaria since about 40% of potential voters say they are likely to sell their vote. Bulgarian voters will elect MEPs and members of Bulgarian parliament on June 7 and July 5 respectively, which is expected to affect negatively the turnout.

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10261 Joe Biden in Balkans visit   GRN News Serbia 18 May 2009 10:40 Mon

US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Kosovo, Bosnia and Serbia is awaited with mixed emotions, much anticipation and some high hopes. The visit is seen as proof that President Barack Obama’s administration is ready to take a more active role in the Balkans in order to strengthen the region’s fragile stability. For full article, click here.

10262 Gitmo terror trials proceed despite Obama's freeze order   GRN News United States of America 18 May 2009 11:13 Mon

The Guantanamo war crimes trials remain officially frozen while U.S. President Barack Obama weighs how to proceed with the terrorism prosecutions, but several of the cases are still very much in motion.The chief judge in the Guantanamo court, Army Colonel Stephen Henley, ordered the public release on Tuesday of a document in which five defendants boastfully repeated their claims of guilt in plotting the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks. Military lawyers are still filing legal documents in other cases in anticipation that the Guantanamo trials will resume as soon as Obama's freeze order expires on May 20. For full article, click here.

10263 G7 Energy ministers meeting in Italy   GRN News Italy 18 May 2009 11:21 Mon

The Energy Ministers will be meeting in the Capital Rome at the end of May, while Lucca is to host a meeting of Science and Technology Ministers in mid-June. For  more information, click here.

10280 Former Serbian intelligence chief on war crimes charges - trial resumes   GRN News Netherlands, The 19 May 2009 12:30 Tue

As Milosevic's intelligence chief, Jovica Stanisic is accused of setting up genocidal death squads. But as a valuable source for the CIA, an agency veteran says, he also 'did a whole lot of good'... click here to read the LA Times article.

Click here for the UN's press release regarding Stanišić's fitness to stand trial.

Click here for the LA Times' timeline of the case.

10290 Barack Obama and Egyptian President to have summit at Whitehouse.   GRN News United States of America 20 May 2009 11:20 Wed

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt to visit the White House for summit with President here to read White House press release.

Click here for Hosni Mubarak biography on Wikipedia.

10292 Barack Obama and Palestinian President to have summit at Whitehouse.   GRN News United States of America 20 May 2009 11:50 Wed

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to visit President Barack Obama at the White House for summit... click here for Irish Independent article.

BBC profile of Mahmoud Abbas here.

10293 Presidential election in Mongolia   GRN News China 20 May 2009 12:13 Wed

A presidential election is scheduled to take place in Mongolia. Only candidates from parties with representation in the State Great Khural, the parliament, are eligable to take part, and these are the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, Democratic party, Civic Will party and the Mongolian Green party. The candidates include the incumbent, Nambaryn Enkhbayar, from the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, and former prime minister Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, from the Democratic party, who is also supported by the Civic Will party and the Mongolian Green party. In the presidential elections in May 2005, Enkhbayar was elected to succeed Natsagiin Bagabandi with 53.4 per cent of the vote.

10296 Barack Obama to visit Normandy for D-Day anniverary   GRN News France 20 May 2009 01:51 Wed

President Barack Obama will join Nicolas Sarkozy in visiting World War Two D-Day beaches in Normany to mark the 65th anniversary of the landings on 6 June 1944.

For Yahoo News' article click here.

For Reuters article click here.

10297 President Obama to visit Dresden   GRN News Germany 20 May 2009 02:10 Wed

President Obama is due to visit Dresden and the concentration camp Buchenwald.

Click here to read about the personal nature of this trip.

Click here to read about Buchenwald concentration camp.


10298 Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to address St Petersburg International Economic Forum   GRN News Russia 20 May 2009 02:37 Wed

Click here for St Petersburg International Economic Forum website.

Click here for a summary of plans for the event.

10299 Italy to hold conference on Somali piracy   GRN News Italy 20 May 2009 03:22 Wed

Somalia's government and opposition leaders will meet in Italy on June 10 to discuss ways of stabilising the country and tackling piracy off the Horn of Africa, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Franco Frattini said the meeting was aimed at helping Somalia consolidate its fragile U.N.-backed government, which is battling Islamist here for Reuters report on the forthcoming event.

Click here for CIA Factbook on Somalia.

10317 Nicolas Sarkozy- Abu Dhabi visit   GRN News United Arab Emirates 22 May 2009 11:02 Fri

Sarkozy to preside over Louvre Abu Dhabi ceremony after attending Maritime Security Conference... click here to read The Art Newspaper article.

Click here... to read CIA factbook on UAE.

10345 US Treasury Secretary visit to Beijing   GRN News China 26 May 2009 09:42 Tue

Tim Geithner to visit Beijing to discuss US-China economic ties... click here for Wall Street Journal blog.

Tim Geithner to visit Beijing to discuss US-China economic ties... click here for Washington Post interview with Tim Geithner.

10350 Barack Obama to make key address in Cairo   GRN News Egypt 26 May 2009 10:03 Tue

Barack Obama to make long awaited address to Islamic world in attempt to rebuild bridges... click here for Yahoo News article.

Click here for LA Times article.


10351 Iran- Presidential election   GRN News Iran 26 May 2009 10:26 Tue

Iranian Presidential elections take place... click here for NY Times article on the elections.

Main challenger draws larger that expected crouds... click here for NY Times article.

Iran bans Facebook ahead of elections in attempt to muzzle opposition... click here for Telegraph article.

Iran unblocks access to facebook... click here for AFP article.

10353 Obama and South Korean President- summit   GRN News United States of America 26 May 2009 10:54 Tue

Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to hold summit in Washington... click here for White House announcement on summit.

More nuclear test firing by North Korea could take place whilst the South Korean President is in Washington... click here for the LA Times article.

10355 Margaret Thatcher to meet Pope   GRN News Vatican City State 26 May 2009 11:40 Tue

Margaret Thatcher to attend private meeting with Pope arranged by Carla Powell, wife of Thatcher's former foreign policy adviser Charles Powell... click here to read Independent article.

Click here for Telegraph article.


10357 Former Liberian President trial resumes at The Hague   GRN News Netherlands, The 26 May 2009 12:08 Tue

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's trial for crimes against humanity is scheduled to resume after the Special Court for Sierra Leone at the Hague dismissed his defence teams argument that there was not enough evidence for the the trial to proceed... click here for a BBC article.

Click here ...for BBC profile of Charles Taylor.

Click here... for Wikipedia biography of Charles Taylor

10358 Funeral of former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun after suicide   GRN News Korea 26 May 2009 12:33 Tue

Former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun's who served as President from 2003-2008 committed suicide on Saturday following allegations of corruption... click here for a Wall Street Journal article.

Click here... for the Bloomberg analysis of how this raises the stakes for current South Korean President, Lee.

Click here... for the Financial Times article on the reaction of the South Korean public.

10364 Ban Ki Moon travels to Denmark and Finland   GRN News Denmark 26 May 2009 04:35 Tue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to visit Denmark next week, followed by his first official visit to Finland, a spokesperson for the United Nations announced today.Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that Mr. Ban arrives on Sunday for a two-day visit to Copenhagen, where he will address the opening of the World Business Summit on Climate Change, and meet with Al Gore, former United States Vice President and Chairman of Generation Investment Management. He will also hold a joint news conference with the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy. While in Copenhagen, the Secretary-General will meet with Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, for Development Cooperation, and for Defense. He will also attend a lunch meeting on “Global Compact and Climate” hosted by the Minister for Development Cooperation and the Nordic Compact Network, and deliver remarks at a dinner co-hosted by the Global Compact & the UN Foundation with leading top executives attending the World Business Summit. Negotiations are ongoing ahead of a major UN conference in Copenhagen this December where nations are expected to reach agreement on a new greenhouse gas emissions pact. Mr. Ban has stressed the need to achieve a climate change deal in December that is “ambitious, comprehensive and fair.” In a video message to a climate change forum in Seoul today, Mr. Ban noted that cities not only lie at the heart of the problem, but must also be part of the solution. The Secretary-General’s visit will also include a public dialogue meeting entitled “Relaying the World – Global Crisis/Global Answers: The Role of the United Nations” with Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller. In addition, he will officially open the Copenhagen headquarters of the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Mr. Ban then heads to Helsinki, Finland, on Monday evening for a two-day visit, where he is expected to meet with President Tarja Halonen, as well as Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen. While in Helsinki, he will address the Finnish Parliament and have a bilateral luncheon meeting with the speaker. The Secretary-General will also meet with the former President and Nobel laureate, Martti Ahtisaari, and pay a visit to the UN University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)... click here for the UN websites article on the visit.

10373 Steven Gerrard on affray charges- trial   GRN News United Kingdom 27 May 2009 10:04 Wed

Liverpool and England footballer, Steven Gerrard to appear in court charged with affray after an incident at the lounge Inn, Southport in December 2008... click here for the BBC's article on the case.

Click here for CNN's article on the case.

Click here for Wikipedia's biography of Stephen Gerrard.


10374 Prosecution finishes case against Amanda Knox   GRN News Italy 27 May 2009 10:36 Wed

The prosecution is due to finish its case against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, who stand accused of the murder of 21 year old British student Meredith Kercher in October 2007. Rudy Guede who was tried separately from Knox and Sollecito was found guilty of rape and murder on October 28, 2008 and sentenced to 30 years in prison... click here for the BBC profiles of Kercher and Sollecito.

Click here... for a Telegraph article on the implications of DNA evidence found on a knife.

10375 Trial of US journalists held by North Korea   GRN News Korea 27 May 2009 11:07 Wed

Two American journalists captured, March 17, near North Korea's border with China are to face trial on charges of illegal entry and "hostile acts"... click here... for Fox New's analysis of how the women could be used as bargaining chips at a time of increasing tensions between the US and North Korea over weapons programmes.

Click here for the Guardian's analysis of the situation.

10376 Obama to visit Saudi Arabia   GRN News Egypt 27 May 2009 04:03 Wed

US President Barack Obama's foreign tour next week will include a stop-off in Saudi Arabia, his spokesman said in a late addition to the schedule. Robert Gibbs said Mr Obama would hold talks with King Abdullah in Riyadh on 3 June to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace moves, Iran and terrorism. Some analysts say the US administration is considering adopting a modified Arab peace plan proposed by the Saudis. The inclusion of Saudi Arabia "was not born of anything specific", Gibbs said. Apart from a brief stop-off in Iraq in April, the visit will be Mr Obama's first foray into the Middle East cauldron, though he has been busily engaged with regional diplomacy in the White House... click here for more of this BBC article.

Click here to see the CIA factbook on Saudi Arabia.

10380 Bush and Clinton to hold discussions   GRN News Canada 28 May 2009 09:55 Thu

For the first time since his presidency ended G.W Bush and Bill Clinton are to appear together. They meet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre... click here for the National Journal blog's report which includes Bill Clinton's opinions on his relationship with Bush.

Click here for the White House's biography of Bush.

Click here for the White House's biography of Clinton.

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