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Tuesday
Mar292011

Forty Countries to Discuss Libya's Future at London Conference

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Forty countries, including several Arab nations, will gather in London Tuesday for a conference to discuss Libya's future.

The purpose of the meeting will be to recognize the formal transition of military operations in Libya to NATO, to establish a "contact group" to deal with the situation and coordinate going forward, and to prepare for an upcoming visit to Tripoli and Benghazi by the United Nations Secretary General's special representative.

The U.S. delegation will be led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who met with Libyan opposition envoy Mahmoud Jibril Ibrahim prior to the conference.

On another note, the Obama administration is preparing to send its liaison to the Libyan opposition, Chris Stevens, to Benghazi soon, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters in London Tuesday.

The official wouldn't say when Stevens would travel, but left the impression that it could happen quite soon after Tuesday's conference.´╗┐

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Gallup: Affairs in China Most 'Vitally Important' to Americans; Egypt Ranks 9th

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- Seventy percent of Americans think what happens in China is "vitally important" to the United States, according to results released Wednesday from a Gallup survey.  China ranked highest at the top of a list of 12 countries that Gallup asked Americans to rate on this topic.  Those polled were asked to rate the countries in three categories:  "Vitally Important," Important, Not Vital" and "Not Too/Not at All Important."

Despite political protests and unrest in Egypt dominating international news coverage in recent weeks, Egypt ranked ninth on the list with only 45 percent rating the controversial country as vitally important.  Only Canada, Russia and India ranked below Egypt.

In 2007, Gallup asked Americans the same question and ranked Iraq highest (70 percent of Americans rated it most important) on the list of countries vitally important to the U.S.  Just four years later, the percentage of Americans who think events in Iraq are vitally important has fallen to 52 percent, placing the country fifth on the list.

Gallup suggests that how Americans assign importance to what is happening in China likely "underscore[s] the public's underlying concern about economic matters."

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