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November 1, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is out with a new book today, a memoir that recounts her eight years in the administration of President George W. Bush. “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” discusses Rice's encounters with foreign leaders, the administration's handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rice's thoughts on her colleagues and her relationship with Bush. Rice served as national security advisor during Bush's first term -- she was the first woman to hold the position -- and served as secretary of State in his second term.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By David Ng
Former President George W. Bush unveiled some of his paintings of world leaders -- including a portrait of himself -- in an interview Friday on NBC's "Today" show conducted by his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager. The paintings will be part of the former president's first solo art exhibition, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opening this month at the  George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum  in Dallas. The exhibition, which opens Saturday and runs through June 3, will feature two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits created by Bush, as well as personal artifacts, photographs and other items that will tell the story of his relationship with international leaders.
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WORLD
March 13, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Minutes after Pope Francis began his first address to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, world leaders took to Twitter and other websites to congratulate the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Roman Catholic cardinals selected Argentine Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio after five rounds of voting in the Sistine Chapel. "I would like to thank you for your embrace," Francis said in his address from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. "My brother cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, but here I am. " FULL COVERAGE: Pope Francis elected Many online congratulations were from the Spanish-speaking world.
OPINION
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
There's a new tone in the latest report on climate change from the United Nations' expert organization on the subject. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change doesn't just forecast the usual sweeping changes that are likely to occur as the planet warms, the kinds of warnings the public has heard (and often ignored) for decades. The report released Sunday goes further by pointing out alarming signs of what is happening already. In a rational world, it would be more than enough to propel world leaders into action.
WORLD
September 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A late-night dinner of world leaders became a forum for global debate over the bloody war in Syria on Thursday night, as President Obama used an economic summit here to try to build support for punishing the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons. Inside a lavish ballroom at Peterhof Palace, the former summer retreat of the Russian czars, Obama heard an earful from his counterparts around the globe about his desire to launch military strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
WORLD
August 14, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World leaders Wednesday denounced the violence unleashed by Egyptian security forces to disperse Islamist protesters in Cairo. But Muslim Brotherhood allies of the demonstrators applauded their defiance as important in the quest for Muslim power throughout the region. The bloody predawn sweep of two sit-in demonstrations in the Egyptian capital sparked angry reactions throughout the country, which is deeply divided over the role of Islam in government after the July 3 ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Under skies dotted with scattered clouds and a blimp, Israeli and international leaders attended the state memorial ceremony held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday. Draped in an Israeli flag and surrounded by wreaths, Sharon's casket lay on a raised black platform in the wide, paved plaza of the Knesset, where he served from 1973 as a lawmaker, Cabinet member and prime minister until felled by a stroke eight years ago. Israeli leaders, politicians and dignitaries in attendance, including Sharon's friends and adversaries, offered a snapshot of the country's political history.
WORLD
September 2, 2011 | By Devorah Lauter and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
World leaders and delegations from more than 60 nations gathered Thursday in Paris to build international support for Libya's transition to democracy after the fall of Moammar Kadafi. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who hosted the event at the Elysee Palace, praised the progress made by the gathering, which included Germany, Algeria, Russia and China, countries that did not support North Atlantic Treaty Organization airstrikes that proved crucial to the anti-Kadafi insurgency Russia recognized the legitimacy of the Libyan rebel leadership earlier in the day. Photos: The Libyan conflict "We want this to be the beginning of a policy that puts military force at the service of protecting populations who risk being martyred" by their own leaders, Sarkozy said.
WORLD
March 26, 2011 | By Paul Richter and Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
Despite lingering questions about the rebels in Libya, the coalition of countries battling Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi is increasingly treating them as the country's legitimate rulers. Coalition officials have invited senior members of a rebel leadership group to London next week to meet world leaders at a two-day conference to bolster international support for the Libyan operation, officials said Friday. The invitation was issued even though the coalition countries are in a delicate position regarding the rebels.
WORLD
March 5, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
News of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the leftist leader who had been battling cancer, reverberated Tuesday around Latin America and the world. In La Paz, Bolivia, a teary-eyed Bolivian President Evo Morales said he was devastated, his voice breaking as he spoke, the national news agency reported. He heralded Chavez as a revolutionary and a brother who “gave his whole life for the liberation of the Venezuelan people, of the Latin American people.” Ecuador, another ally of Venezuela, issued a statement lamenting Chavez's death, saying the legacy he left would continue strengthening their relations.
WORLD
March 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
THE HAGUE - Leaders of seven of the world's largest economies on Monday agreed to freeze Russia out of the Group of Eight nations and threatened sanctions against key sectors of its economy if Moscow further invades or seeks to destabilize Ukraine. The moves, approved by the heads of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, represented a growing alignment behind a strategy to prevent any escalation of the crisis involving Russia's incursion into Ukraine.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - They'll meet at a discreet compound in Southern California on Friday, dining with a view of the mountains before a long talk and, if the mood strikes, a walk around the grounds in the balmy night. It's hardly a storybook Valentine's Day, with President Obama as the host and Jordanian King Abdullah II the guest at Rancho Mirage's luxurious Sunnylands estate, which is becoming the Camp David of the West. But the setting holds a special allure for world leaders looking to work out nettlesome problems, far from the media glare and diplomatic protocols that come with an official visit to the White House.
OPINION
February 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Despite persistent polarization in Washington, a bipartisan consensus is emerging around the proposition that too many Americans are incarcerated for too long. Democrats tend to emphasize the injustice of excessive sentences that disproportionately affect racial minorities. Republicans are more likely to stress the cost of over-incarceration. But the common ground is real and significant. Last week, by a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Smarter Sentencing Act, sponsored by Sens.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
The Doomsday Clock is set at five minutes to apocalypse. Didn't we already live through the end of the world? Before you run off to tell your family you love them, it's not an actual five minutes, but rather a figurative warning that we as an earthly population are far too close to all-out nuclear disaster and other deadly cataclysms. "I can't tell you what happens in the room, but I can tell you it's a spirited and extremely deep discussion,"  John Mecklin, editor in chief of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday about how the doomsday minute decision is made.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Jim Puzzangherra and Don Lee
WASHINGTON - After a long and lumpy recovery, the world economy may finally be at a turning point with global growth expected to accelerate this year behind the rising strength of the U.S. and other major developed countries. But world finance leaders are warning of lingering effects of the last recession and, in particular, citing some growing threats - capital flight in developing countries and deflation in rich nations. "With inflation running below many central banks' targets, we see rising risks of deflation, which could prove disastrous for the recovery," Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Wednesday in a Washington meeting.
WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Under skies dotted with scattered clouds and a blimp, Israeli and international leaders attended the state memorial ceremony held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday. Draped in an Israeli flag and surrounded by wreaths, Sharon's casket lay on a raised black platform in the wide, paved plaza of the Knesset, where he served from 1973 as a lawmaker, Cabinet member and prime minister until felled by a stroke eight years ago. Israeli leaders, politicians and dignitaries in attendance, including Sharon's friends and adversaries, offered a snapshot of the country's political history.
WORLD
September 10, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - By providing a way to avert a U.S. military strike, Russia's proposal that Syria surrender its chemical weapons has offered a host of world leaders an exit from an increasingly damaging political crisis. The plan, which is expected to be hashed out in the United Nations over the next week or longer, has quickly gained supporters in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. Congress. Despite numerous complications and likely setbacks ahead, the idea has gained momentum because it offers major advantages for each of those parties.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
We've all seen selfies taken in questionable places. During a school lockdown . In front of a man attempting suicide . At Auschwitz . Now, some people are adding President Obama to the list of people with poor selfie judgment after the leader of the free world posed with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday in South Africa. It appears from photos of the incident that Obama was not the instigator (that distinction goes to Thorning-Schmidt)
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The folks at Health Fitness Revolution looked at the world's heads of state (and a few former) and picked 11 they thought qualified as the fittest. I was surprised to see our cheeseburger-loving ex-president on the list. But Bill Clinton is there. According to the magazine's founder, Samir Becic , criteria included how the leaders coped with their own medical issues as well as their "promotion of a healthy lifestyle within their own country. " Clinton was known as a jogger and also for his love of jalapeño cheeseburgers.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2013 | By David Horsey
At the memorial for Nelson Mandela, President Obama gave those who pander to right-wing outrage two great opportunities to rattle the cage of Obama haters. The first was his handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro; the second was the "selfie" he posed for with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Taking the second one first, critics said it was disrespectful for the president to be clowning around with the two PMs in the middle of a funeral.
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