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Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, who meets with President Bush, joins first lady Laura Bush to tour an Italian exhibit on Pompeii at the National Gallery of Art and attends an official dinner in his honor at the White House.

Otto Fricke, chairman of the Budget Committee of the German parliament and a member of the Free Democratic Party, who addresses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on the effects of the U.S. financial crisis on Europe.

Janos Kovacs, chief executive manager of Rubik Studio in Hungary, and Milan Baticz, Hungary’s Rubik’s Cube junior champion. They reveal the secret of the mechanical puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik in 1974 in a briefing at the Hungarian Embassy.

Tuesday

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian National Authority, who addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership.

Roberto Saba, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Argentina, who discusses censorship in Latin America in a forum at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Wednesday

Pavol Demes, director for Central and Eastern European affairs at the Slovakian office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; Alina Inayeh, director of the fund’s Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation in Romania; and Ivan Vejvoda, executive director of the fund’s Balkan Trust for Democracy in Serbia. They participate in a panel discussion on European relations with Russia at the fund’s Washington headquarters.

Diba Nigar Goksel, senior analyst at the European Stability Initiative in Berlin, who joins a panel discussion at the Jamestown Foundation on Armenian-Turkish relations.

Juan Fernando Londono, director of the joint project of the U.N. Development Program and International IDEA Project to Strengthen Democracy in Colombia. He addresses John Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies.

Theodore Trefon, director of the Contemporary History Section of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies.

Thursday

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James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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