1. DIPLOMACY

    Pakistan to Attend NATO Summit

    Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari meets with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. Zardari traveled to Washington to attend a memorial service for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke who died in December while serving as Obama's senior envoy to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan will attend a summit of NATO leaders in Chicago this weekend, an embassy spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Relations have been strained between the U.S. and Pakistan over the last year since it became known that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was hiding in the Muslim country, and as the U.S. has continued drone strikes against militants within the country. The president of Afghanistan is also scheduled to attend the meeting, at which leaders will discuss the future of the country. Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s tribal areas have been a continuing problem as Afghanistan tries to achieve stability before the U.S. withdraws most of its troops in 2014.

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