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President Bush Leaves For Europe And The G8 Summit

President Bush leaves this morning on a trip to Denmark and Scotland. The president will spend less than a day in Denmark, where he will thank the Danes for keeping hundreds of troops in southern Iraq.

Bush and the other leaders are to hold three days of talks at the Group of Eight summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, where British Prime Minister Tony Blair , who set the agenda as this year's host, wants to achieve breakthroughs not only in African aid but also on climate change. Blair is hoping to achieve breakthroughs on African aid at the gathering of rich nations. He also wants an agreement among G-8 leaders on the scientific threat posed by global warming and the urgent need for action.

The leaders are expected to agree on billions of dollars in new support for Africa, the world's poorest continent. The summit follows this past Saturday's Live 8 concerts that featured hundreds of top musicians performing at free rock concerts in 10 cities around the world to raise awareness about Africa's plight and bring pressure on G8 leaders to act.

Beyond Africa, Blair has made climate change a central issue of Britain's G-8 presidency, describing it as "probably the most serious threat we face." He wants an agreement among G-8 leaders on the scientific threat posed by global warming and the urgent need for action. Bush, in an interview with Britain's ITV television Monday, renewed his insistence that Washington would not sign Kyoto or any similar deals limiting gas emissions.

Still, he described climate change as "a significant, long-term issue that we've got to deal with" and acknowledged that human activity is "to some extent" to blame. Bush is only the second sitting U.S. president to visit Denmark, where he will express appreciation for the several hundred troops the Scandinavian nation has sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. Transatlantic relations and advancing freedom around the world also will be on Bush's agenda during talks Wednesday with Denmark's prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend," Bush said in an interview leading up to his first stay in the country. He lamented that security considerations would prevent him visiting with ordinary Danes. "It would be unfair to the people of Denmark if I tried to move around too much because the security would be quite inconvenient to them," he said.

In Scotland, Bush will join the leaders of Britain, Russia, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan at a luxury hotel and golf resort in Gleneagles under heavy security.

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