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Obama sets aside some human rights issues to try to build up Africa

Obama sets aside some human rights issues to try to build up Africa

For President Obama, careful choreography was a daily exercise throughout his five-day trip to Africa, which ended Tuesday with a rousing speech to the continent’s heads of government. There would be no grinning handshakes with this sketchy character, or precisely worded defenses of that one, as he sought to tackle complex problems with leaders who have rocky records on human rights and corruption. The presidents of Kenya and Uganda traveled to meetings here this week with Obama, as did the Ethiopian prime minister. The president of Sudan, under warrant of the International Criminal Court, had the good grace to stay home but did send his foreign minister. At the end of the tour...

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