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Western hemispheric leaders gather for UNASUR countries meeting at Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, 18 April 2009
Sat. 18 Apr 2009 2104 UTC

Western Hemisphere Leaders Address Economic Crisis

At Summit of the Americas, leaders discuss ways to revive economies, preserve trade, and prevent fallout from worldwide financial crisis from boosting poverty rates

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Roxana Saberi in a 2004 National Press Photographers association file image

Iran Condemns US Journalist to 8 Years in Prison Audio Clip Available

Roxana Saberi sentenced on charges of spying for US; Washington rejects espionage charges as 'baseless'

State Department Acting Spokesman Robert Wood (undated photo)

US Will Shun UN Racism Conference

State Department spokesman says US will boycott conference 'with regret' because of objectionable language in meeting's draft declaration

President Obama's weekly address, 18 Apr 2009

Obama Orders US Government Budget Cuts Audio Clip Available

US president to request heads of government agencies, departments to draw up budget plans cutting wasteful, ineffective spending

Richard Holbrooke speaks to the press following International Donors Conference in Tokyo, 18 Apr 2009

US Envoy Outlines Need to Stabilize Pakistan and Afghanistan Audio Clip Available

Richard Holbrooke speaks following international donors' conference in Japan that raised $5 billion to help Pakistan rebuild its economy, confront militant groups

Hugo Chavez presents Barack Obama with a book, 18 April
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez plans to send a new ambassador to the US, seven months after a diplomatic crisis.

Three people die in a suspected US missile strike in north-western Pakistan, say local security officials.

Some 200 million Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter around the world, many in traditional candle-lit services.

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