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May 24, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
Queen Elizabeth II welcomed President Obama to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, marking the start of a state visit with the British monarch. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post misspelled the first name of the wife of Prince Charles as Camila. After being greeted by the queen and Prince Philip, the president and first lady were shown the six-room suite where they will spend the night. The queen's staff said it was last used by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding night.
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WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - In a historic first, the president of Ireland began a state visit to Britain on Tuesday to mark the growing reconciliation between his nation and the one that long ruled it from afar through centuries of oppression and rebellion. After a bloody war of independence and decades of mistrust, London and Dublin have become increasingly close partners linked by trade, history and culture. The rapprochement was made possible by the 1998 accord that ended armed sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, which remains part of Britain but enjoys a measure of self-rule.
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WORLD
September 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Vincent Bevins
WASHINGTON -- A state visit to the U.S. by the president of Brazil was put on hold Tuesday in the latest diplomatic fallout from leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about U.S. spying tactics. Documents leaked by Snowden and published since July alleged that U.S. intelligence agencies had spied on leaders of several allied nations, including Brazil and Mexico. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff expressed outrage over the news and demanded an apology from President Obama at a meeting this month of world leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia.
WORLD
September 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Vincent Bevins
WASHINGTON -- A state visit to the U.S. by the president of Brazil was put on hold Tuesday in the latest diplomatic fallout from leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about U.S. spying tactics. Documents leaked by Snowden and published since July alleged that U.S. intelligence agencies had spied on leaders of several allied nations, including Brazil and Mexico. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff expressed outrage over the news and demanded an apology from President Obama at a meeting this month of world leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia.
WORLD
September 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Vincent Bevins
WASHINGTON - In the latest fallout from the Edward Snowden affair, the president of Brazil canceled a state visit to Washington out of anger that the National Security Agency had spied on her and other Brazilian officials, deepening a rift with the Obama administration. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday called off the high-profile visit that both governments had planned for Oct. 23. A White House spokesman sought to downplay the diplomatic snub by a key ally and trading partner, and described the decision to indefinitely postpone the visit as mutual.
NEWS
May 2, 1987 | From the Washington Post
President Reagan will cancel a state visit to Italy in June because of the Italian political crisis but still intends to travel to the country then, Administration sources said Friday. The decision was made this week as Italian President Francesco Cossiga dissolved the Parliament and called national elections for June 14, four days after the scheduled economic summit of leading western industrial nations in Venice.
NEWS
August 11, 1989 | From Times wire services
Philippine President Corazon Aquino will make a formal state visit to Washington on Nov. 9 at President Bush's invitation, the White House announced today. The two presidents will discuss "a broad range of political, economic and financial issues in our strong bilateral relationship," said presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater. The agenda is expected to include debt relief and the future of American military bases in the Philippines.
NEWS
June 21, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The Vatican said Saturday that it is "surprised and profoundly grieved" that Austrian President Kurt Waldheim's state visit this week to Pope John Paul II has raised doubts about "the respect of the Pope and the Holy See for the Jewish people." The Vatican press office issued the formal statement in response to protests by Jewish organizations that followed Wednesday's announcement that Waldheim will meet the pontiff during a state visit Thursday to the Vatican.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | United Press International
Austrian President Kurt Waldheim accepted an invitation from Jordan's King Hussein to make an official state visit to the Arab country later this year, a Waldheim spokesman said today. The trip would be Waldheim's first official foreign visit since his controversial election last June amid allegations of Nazi wartime links.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1999
Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi arrives in Los Angeles today, starting a state visit that will take him to Chicago and Washington, where he will meet with President Clinton. The main purpose of Obuchi's trip is geopolitical: He will discuss common defense questions with Clinton and reinforce the U.S.-Japan relationship at their meeting Monday. But Obuchi also will announce economic agreements in Washington, in which Japan and the U.S.
WORLD
September 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Vincent Bevins
WASHINGTON - In the latest fallout from the Edward Snowden affair, the president of Brazil canceled a state visit to Washington out of anger that the National Security Agency had spied on her and other Brazilian officials, deepening a rift with the Obama administration. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday called off the high-profile visit that both governments had planned for Oct. 23. A White House spokesman sought to downplay the diplomatic snub by a key ally and trading partner, and described the decision to indefinitely postpone the visit as mutual.
WORLD
June 20, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- With conservative Israeli politicians increasingly dismissing the idea of a Palestinian state, the voice from international leaders gathered in Israel this week has been clear: negotiating a two-state solution is the only option. Attending The President's Conference , held under the auspices of Israeli President Shimon Peres, high-profile international speakers weighed in on the debate straining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition. There are no perfect solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but "no alternative to the two-state solution," said former President Bill Clinton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Almost before he had taken his last spin, there was a YouTube video up of Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White break dancing in front of hundreds of appreciative students at the Dominguez Hills campus Tuesday. It follows the video of him doing the Harlem Shake with students at Cal State East Bay in February and considering but deciding against climbing a rock wall at Sacramento State in March. White was at Dominguez Hills as part of his promise to visit all 23 Cal State campuses during his first year on the job and so far he's been a big hit, approaching students in food courts and classrooms to hear their stories and ask whether they are supported and challenged and he's familiarizing himself with the larger campus community.
SPORTS
November 5, 2012
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1: Texas A&M at Alabama could be a dress rehearsal for a possible BCS title game between Oregon and Alabama. The high-scoring team from College Station will take its up-tempo offense into Tuscaloosa with a run-and-gun quarterback, Johnny Manziel, who originally committed to Oregon. 2: How long can Notre Dame keep living on the edge? The Irish have escaped two overtime games this season to become 9-0 for the first time since 1993.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Maeve Reston
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The long, costly and contentious presidential campaign wound down Tuesday to a series of final stops in a handful of fiercely competitive states, as President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney sought to fortify their positions in the country's few remaining battlegrounds. For Romney, who faces the steeper path,  that meant visits to Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire; for Obama, stops in Wisconsin and Iowa. Both descended on Ohio, which has emerged as the fulcrum of the contest.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama headed to Ohio to take in one of the “first four” games of the NCAA basketball tournament Tuesday, a lighthearted start to a state visit that will turn to more difficult subjects Wednesday. The leaders left their wives in Washington for the man date in the swing state, an outing billed by the White House as important cross-cultural bonding time. The president clearly relished the chance to show off one of his favorite events.
NEWS
January 11, 1996 | ROBIN WRIGHT and MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jordan's King Hussein made his first public visit to Tel Aviv on Wednesday to promote a relationship that has fast become the deepest among the region's former rivals, as Secretary of State Warren Christopher began his 16th Mideast shuttle by calling for an "acceleration" of the peace process. The king's visit underscored the surprisingly swift bonding between Israel and Jordan, which was hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Wednesday as the "model peace."
NEWS
March 23, 1996 | MARIA L. La GANGA and STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, making his first foray into California on Friday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, castigated President Clinton's opposition to increased production of the B-2 Stealth bomber and vowed to essentially double the size of the fleet if he defeats Clinton in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
Crafted by Romanian filmmaker Andrei Ujic? (with phenomenal editing and sound design by Dana Bunescu) from about 1,000 hours of footage covering 25 years, "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu" comprises state visits, speeches and holidays by the former despot, providing a startling sense of dictatorial monomania. The film opens and closes with rough video of the hasty trial before Ceausescu and his wife were executed in 1989, and even there, he is defiant and self-regarding to the very end. With its hefty running time, the film builds an unexpected emotional resonance, though never exactly sympathy, as over the years Ceausescu seems to drift further and further into his fantasy vision of himself, making the film like a loop that repeats endlessly in his head.
WORLD
September 15, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a historic visit Thursday to the Libyan capital, praising the nation's revolution, urging fugitive former leader Moammar Kadafi to surrender and sending a not-so-subtle message to Syria that room for autocratic rule was shrinking in the region. Both nations played a leading role in the withering NATO air campaign that was essential in toppling Kadafi's rule after more than four decades in power. The two leaders were the first foreign heads of state to visit Libya since Kadafi was ousted from the capital last month and went on the run. "This does go beyond Libya; this is a moment when the Arab spring can become an Arab summer," Cameron told a news conference with Sarkozy and leaders of Libya's transitional government.
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