Although he has met President Barak Obama more than once in the recent past, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s forthcoming maiden state visit to the U.S. is assigned great significance and has New Delhi speculating about the likely nature and content of their dialogue.

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By the time Dr. Manmohan Singh visits the White House on November 24, President Obama would have largely recovered from the jetlag after his travels in East Asia.  But one can be sure that the impressions made by the optimistic and focused leaders of the three great economic powerhouses of the region – the ASEAN, Japan and China – will be considerably more lasting.

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Dr. Manmohan Singh’s American month began with a warm lunch for George Bush in Delhi and will end with a more constrained dinner with Barack Obama in Washington.

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The Indian prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Washington is the first official state visit of the Obama administration, an indication of the importance the administration attaches to the Indo-U.S. relationship.

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Piracy remains in the headlines. This week, the United Nations held a special meeting to consider the subject, the captain of a chemical tanker was killed when his ship was hijacked, a Spanish fishing vessel was released after a ransom was paid, and the Maersk Alabama evaded capture by fighting the pirates with guns.

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After months of speculation as to who would be Europe's first president, the EU's top leaders emerged from their smoke-filled room and announced that Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy was their man.  And that trade commissioner Catherine Ashton was their woman, tabbed to head up the Commission's foreign policy.

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"It will be just like Syria," said the strategic scholar just back from Israel and speculating about the much-debated question of whether Israel will eventually bomb Iran's nuclear installations.

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On a Saturday morning, 38-year-old Khalid Khattak is packing his luggage to move to Virginia in a last-ditch attempt to land a job appropriate to his skill set. A few months ago, Khattak was working as a recruiter in the human resource department of a large company and earning a decent salary. His wages covered personal expenses, including the rent for his two-bedroom, New York City apartment. After setting aside some savings, Khattak sent whatever was left over to his family living in Pakistan. Recently, however, Khattak’s company was hit by the economic recession and he was fired as part of a cost-cutting drive.

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Tomorrow night, the European Union will have its first-ever president.  Time's Leo Cendrowicz reports that few Europeans much care, perhaps because they have no voice in the selection.

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After eight years of war and huge expenditures of national treasure, is the United States really serious about succeeding in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

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