U.S. Summit Seeks to Play Catch-Up in Africa

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WASHINGTON - Despite worsening crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and elsewhere in the Middle East, the administration of President Barack Obama hopes this week to focus at least some more positive attention on Africa.
The U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit, which will bring presidents, prime ministers, and other top officials of some 50 African nations, is designed to demonstrate Washington’s continued interest in the continent, particularly in matters affecting its pocketbook.

All but a handful of the region’s heads of state have been invited, and most, including the presidents of the region’s two economic powerhouses, South Africa and Nigeria, are expected to attend. (END//2014)

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