- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 20, 2008

INTERNATIONAL

Monday, July 21: Anglican gathering meets amid global rifts

The Lambeth Conference opens the worldwide Anglican Church’s decennial event convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. About one-quarter of the bishops eligible to attend the event are expected to boycott in protest of the 2003 consecration of openly gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson. He has not been invited to the event but is expected to attend some fringe meetings. The event will include discussions on the recent formation of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, a breakaway group from the Anglican community for those resisting the perceived “secularism” of the church.

Monday, July 21: World Trade organization meeting on achieving a global trade deal

Trade ministers from roughly 40 countries meet in Geneva to seek a deal in the stalled Doha round of trade talks, called to lower trade barriers. The meeting is expected to last several days and is seen as a last-ditch effort to secure an agreement before the U.S. presidential election in November.

Wednesday, July 23: Obama plans to meet Abbas in West Bank

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama continues his tour of the Middle East and Europe in the Palestinian Territories, where he plans to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

NATIONAL

Sunday, July 20: Presidential candidates file June fundraising reports

The 2008 presidential candidates file monthly fundraising reports with Federal Election Commission, covering June 2008.

Monday, July 21: President Bush meets Kosovo’s leaders at the White House

President Bush meets Kosovar President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci at the White House. The visit is the first to the United States by Mr. Sejdiu and Mr. Thaci as leaders of an independent Kosovo.

Monday, July 21: McCain campaigns with George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush attend a fundraising event with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain in Walker’s Point, Kennebunkport, Maine.

Thursday, July 24: National minimum wage rises to $6.55 an hour

National minimum wage increases by 70 cents to $6.55 an hour, under the 2007 Fair Minimum Wage Act. Minimum wage will rise to $7.25 on July 24, 2009.

REGIONAL

Tuesday, July 22: McCain campaigns in Maryland

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain attends a Maryland fundraising reception with former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. at the Center Club in Baltimore.

Saturday, July 26: 100th anniversary of FBI

The formation of the FBI originated from a force of special agents created by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican. Attorney General George W. Wickersham, Mr. Bonaparte’s successor, named the force the Bureau of Investigation in 1909.

SPORTS

Sunday, July 20: Final round of the 137th British Open

The planet’s best golfers - sans the injured Tiger Woods - compete for the claret jug at the British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won the event last year and took home $1.5 million.

AND DON’T MISS

Sunday, July 20: Pope celebrates Mass for 500,000 in Sydney

The World Youth Day international celebrations conclude with Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass for 500,000 at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia.

Sunday, July 20: Redskins begin training camp

The Washington Redskins open the post-Joe Gibbs era with training camp at their facility in Ashburn, Va. First-year coach Jim Zorn, a former quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks, is replacing Gibbs. Training camp runs through July 28, and admission is free.

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