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G-8 Day One: Obama Arrives in Italy for Global Leaders Summit

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President Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, went immediately into a meeting this morning with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano after arriving at the stately Quirinale Palace, meeting his host in a spectacular setting that included a large room with a soaring ceiling, gilded walls and doors and huge chandaliers.

Obama went on to the three-day meeting of the world's richest countries taking place in the town of L'Aquila, where damage is still clearly visible from a quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale which killed almost 300 in April.

Obama Meeting With Medvedev To Discuss Arms Control

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Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev end a seven-year hiatus in U.S.-Russian summitry today, with each declaring his determination to further cut nuclear arsenals and repair a badly damaged relationship.

In advance of Obama's departure Sunday, a White House official told reporters the presidents expect to announce progress on negotiations that could lead to a treaty to replace the START I agreement, which expires Dec. 5.

More broadly, the U.S. wants to use the summit to overhaul the U.S.-Russian relationship.

Two things appear certain:

Obama Spends Time Sightseeing in Paris With Family

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President Obama today wrapped up a six-day trip abroad that took him to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany and France. The tour included a speech to Muslims on Thursday and a trip to a Nazi concentration camp a day later. On Saturday, he marked the 65th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy. After the D-Day ceremonies at Omaha Beach, Obama returned to Paris with wife Michelle.

Obama Takes On Intolerance in Buchenwald

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Fresh from visits to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Obama said that while regional powers and the entire international community must help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace, "ultimately the parties involved have to make the decision that the prosperity and security of their people are best served" by an accord.

Prodding the international community, President Barack Obama called today in Dresden, Germany "for all of us to redouble our efforts" toward separate Israeli and Palestinian states. "The moment is now for us to act," he declared.

President Obama Calls for Mutual Respect Between America and Islam

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Quoting from the Quran for emphasis, President Barack Obama called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" today and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe and advance the timeless search for peace in the Middle East.

The president's brief stay in Cairo included a visit to the Sultan Hassan mosque, a 600-year-old center of Islamic worship and study. A tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza was also on his itinerary.

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Obama Lands In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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President Barack Obama is in Saudi Arabia after an overnight flight from Washington. Obama is planning to meet with Saudi King Abdullah to discuss a host of thorny problems, from Arab-Israeli peace efforts to Iran's nuclear program. The surge in oil prices also was on the agenda.

The president was to stay overnight at the king's horse farm in the desert outside Riyadh before heading to Egypt.

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US, Cuba Trade Warmest Words In Last 50 Years

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President Obama arrived in Trinidad and Tobago Friday for the start of a summit with Latin American leaders -- and though the White House wants to focus on the economy, energy and security, Cuba will be front and center. Trading their warmest words in a half-century, the United States and Cuba pressed ahead Friday with a dizzying series of gestures as leaders of the Americas gathered for a summit.

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