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White House Calls Bush Talks with Obama Constructive, Friendly


US-OBAMA: White House officials say President George Bush and President-elect Barack Obama had a "good, constructive, relaxed and friendly" discussion about major issues the incoming chief executive will face during his administration.
Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama met Monday for the first time since Mr. Obama won last week's presidential election. They took a short walk together outside the White House before holding a private meeting in the Oval Office.
Mr. Obama's campaign staff issued a statement saying it welcomes Mr. Bush's commitment to a smooth exchange of power.

Prosecutors in Taiwan have detained former President Chen Shui-bian in connection with a graft case.
Taiwan television showed the former leader being escorted from the prosecutor's office in handcuffs today (Tuesday) on the way to court, where authorities well seek a formal arrest warrant.
Mr. Chen faced more than five hours of questioning in connection with his role in an alleged money laundering scheme.
Mr. Chen is being investigated on allegations that he and his family wired more than 30 million dollars to Switzerland and other foreign countries last year. The alleged transfers from Taiwan are said to have come from a special presidential expenses fund.

BURMA-DISSIDENTS: A court in Burma has sentenced at least 14 members of a well-known pro-democracy group to 65 years in prison.
Relatives and opposition political officials say the activists were sentenced today (Tuesday) during a closed hearing inside Rangoon's notorious Insein prison.
The dissidents are members of the 88 Generation Students, a group that organized anti-government demonstrations in August of last year to protest economic hardships and demand democratic reforms

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned a U.S. attack Sunday that killed 14 people, saying such attacks widen the gap between the Afghan government and people, and their international allies.
Mr. Karzai and the governor of eastern Khost province (Arsala Jamal) said Monday the victims were private security guards protecting a road construction crew.
But the U.S. military said the soldiers were tracking three cars believed to be carrying militants, and when U.S. troops tried to stop and search the vehicles, gunmen opened fire.

VETERANS DAY: Today (Tuesday) is Veterans Day in the United States, a day to remember and celebrate those who have served in the country's military.
In Washington, many people are expected to observe the day by visiting the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall. The polished black granite wall at the memorial is engraved with the names of more than 58-thousand members of the U.S. military killed during that conflict, and it honors the millions of Americans (two-point-seven million) who served in Vietnam.

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