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Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez
The Buzz Weekend Recap
by Jon Brooks
April 19, 2009 07:28:26 PM

Americas Summit
President Obama and Latin American leaders wrapped up the four-day Summit of the Americas on Sunday. A handshake between Obama and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who once called President George W. Bush “the devil” in a speech before the United Nations, created the biggest buzz. Searches were plentiful for the video of the Obama-Chavez encounter, in which the Venezuelan president handed his U.S. counterpart a book (now No. 2 in sales on Amazon). A seeming thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations also made headlines, as President Obama responded to an overture from Cuban President Raúl Castro by calling for a new beginning between the two countries. In speaking about U.S.- Latin America relations, Obama said, “I think it’s important to recognize… the United States’ policy should not be interference in other countries, but that also means that we can’t blame the United States for every problem that arises in the hemisphere.” On Sunday, Obama defended his conciliatory approach.

Iran convicts U.S. reporter
Buzz users this weekend followed the story of journalist Roxana Saberi, who holds dual citizenship from both Iran and the United States, and who was sentenced by an Iranian court on Saturday to eight years in prison on charges of spying for America. On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad instructed Tehran’s chief prosecutor to ensure that “suspects be given all their rights to defend themselves,” a dictate that some are interpreting as a sign that Iranian leadership does not want to derail recent diplomatic progress with the United States. Obama has called for Saberi’s release, saying she is not a spy. Saberi has reported for NPR, BBC, and Fox News. She grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and was the winner of the 1997 Miss North Dakota beauty pageant.

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