Picture of the week: These are important people
May 26th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Picture of the week: These are important people

The G8 leaders - including (L-R) President of the European Commission Jose Maneul Barroso, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan walk to lunch after their first meeting at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France Thursday.


Topics: The Visuals
Obama responds to Mladic arrest
May 26th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Obama responds to Mladic arrest

President Obama is hailing the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the former Serbian military commander accused of genocide in the bloodiest war fought in Europe since World War II:

Fifteen years ago, Ratko Mladic ordered the systematic execution of some 8,000 unarmed men and boys in Srebrencia. Today, he is behind bars. I applaud President Tadic and the Government of Serbia on their determined efforts to ensure that Mladic was found and that he faces justice. We look forward to his expeditious transfer to The Hague.

Mladic was the highest-ranking war crimes suspect to remain at large from the wars that accompanied the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. His arrest in Serbia followed a three-year investigation, President Boris Tadic said in a dramatic and hastily announced news conference in Belgrade.

Full statement from Obama after the jump.
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Topics: President Obama • The News
Zuckerberg friends Merkel, Sarkozy at G8
May 26th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Zuckerberg friends Merkel, Sarkozy at G8

Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg popped up at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France Thursday, appearing on a panel with other Silicon Valley all-stars to discuss the Internet’s effect on the global economy.

But at least one world leader was also interested in his thoughts on ‘The Social Network,’ the Oscar-nominated movie about Facebook’s founding that did not portray Zuckerberg in the best of lights.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be a big fan of the film, proclaiming to Zuckerberg and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, “I saw it and I liked it,” according to the pool report. Sarkozy indicated he is also a fan of the Aaron Sorkin-directed hit.

"And did you see it?" she asked Zuckerberg.

"I didn't like it," he replied, smiling. Merkel responded that “maybe you'll like the next one.”

Other business leaders taking part in the Internet panel include Eric Schmidt of Google, Yuri Milner of Digital Sky Technologies, Hiroshi Mikitani of Rakuten, Maurice Levy of Publicis and Stephane Richard of Orange.


Topics: G-8 • Mark Zuckerberg
Power lunch
May 26th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Power lunch

President Obama is meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among others, at the G8 summit in Deauville, France.

Obama's meetings come on the heels of a high-profile visit to London, where he made the case that Western leadership of the world remains "essential to the cause of human dignity."


Topics: President Obama
POTUS Schedule, May 26, 2011
May 26th, 2011
03:00 AM ET

POTUS Schedule, May 26, 2011

The president continues his jaunt through Europe Thursday, heading to Deauville, France for the main event - the annual G8 summit.

It's a full day of high-stakes diplomacy: highlights include separate meetings with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy followed by a series of events at the G8.

And in the evening, he will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Full schedule after the jump: FULL POST


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