June 8, 2007
President Bush was sidelined for the first few hours of Friday. He chose to take it easy after coming down with an upset stomach. His aides were quick to say that it wasn't serious, and Mister Bush was able to join the other world leaders later in the morning.
On the final day of the G-8 summit, the member nations agreed on a program sending $60 billion to fight diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS in Africa. Critics claim all of the G-8 nations are falling short on the promises they made at the last summit.
President Bush also met with the new president of France. The two discussed a long list of issues that included the war in Iraq. Top advisers to Mister Bush say the two established a strong rapport.
As the world leaders prepare to depart the summit, it appears the protesters are getting ready to leave, too. Over the last two days, more than 10,000 people blocked roadways and rushed security fences.
Bush has a few more stops on his agenda before returning to Washington. He'll meet with the president of Poland later today to talk about the missile defense system the U.S. wants to build in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin is strongly opposed to that plan. He's hoping the U.S. will accept his counter-proposal built around giving the U.S. access to a radar system in Azerbaijan in exchange for not building new defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.
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