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US President Barack Obama speaks during joint statement to media with Chinese President Hu Jintao at Great Hall of the People in Beijing, 17 Nov 2009
Wed. 18 Nov 2009 0111 UTC

Obama Meets with Chinese Premier Before Departing China

US president meets with Premier Wen Jiabao Wednesday for a final discussion before leaving China for South Korea

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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 16 Nov 2009

NATO Chief Confident Afghanistan Will Have More Troops  Audio Clip Available

Secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen makes it clear that despite intensifying insurgency and uncertainty over whether President Obama will send more troops, NATO will remain in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seen during the inauguration ceremony of polio immunization campaign at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, 15 Nov 2009

Afghan Corruption Concerns US Policy Planners  Audio Clip Available

In Transparency International's 2009 survey of world corruption, Afghanistan was ranking 179th out of 180 countries surveyed, only Somalia is perceived as being more corrupt

A Palestinian boy sits in the yard of his house with a new housing development in east Jerusalem's Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa in the background, 21 Sep 2009

US Dismayed at Israeli Building Plan for East Jerusalem  Audio Clip Available

Israel approves 900 new housing units in mostly Arab east Jerusalem despite US, Palestinian objections

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt (file photo)

EU says it is Not Time to Recognize Palestinian State

Swedish foreign minister says it would be 'premature' to recognize Palestinian state as conditions for such move are not yet there

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