Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

WORLD [Derived Headline]

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Basking in an exuberant welcome, President Barack Obama today declared a new era in U.S. relations with Africa based on strategic investment as opposed to charitable aid.

Mr. Obama's visit to Tanzania, the last stop on a three-country tour of the continent, offers him a unique opportunity to meet with a fellow U.S. president hailed for his Africa aid programs. Former President George W. Bush plans to be in the same capital city for a conference on African women organized by his institute.

The presidents' brief meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, highlights how the U.S. philosophy on relations with the developing continent has evolved.

Mr. Obama praised Mr. Bush's funding for AIDS treatment in particular during a news conference with President Jakaya Kikwete, shortly after his arrival to teeming crowds cheering along his motorcade route.

But Mr. Obama said he wants to change the approach.

"We are looking at a new model that's based not just on aid and assistance, but on trade and partnership," he said. For example, he said he doesn't want to just provide food aid but help for Tanzanians to grow their own.


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. thinks China could have "made a difference" in the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden if it had returned him to America to face charges.

But Mr. Kerry says the U.S.-China relationship is bigger than one incident and that the two countries cooperate on numerous issues, including North Korea.

Mr. Kerry spoke today at a Southeast Asia conference in Brunei.

Mr. Snowden's efforts to evade U.S. authorities -- taking him from a hotel hideout in Hong Kong to an airport transit zone in Moscow -- have undercut U.S. efforts to strengthen ties with China and threaten to worsen tension with Russia just as President Barack Obama seeks Moscow's cooperation on Syria. Mr. Kerry is to meet Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. …

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