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General News of Friday, 10 July 2009

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US embassies plan events for Obama speech

U.S. embassies in Africa are inviting residents to ambassadors' residences and movie theaters on Saturday to watch President Barack Obama's speech in Ghana.

The White House said Friday that some embassies would have screenings and discussions during the speech in Accra.

The U.S. Mission to the African Union has invited representatives to watch Obama's speech to the parliament. In Kenya, U.S. State Department officials plan to stream Voice of America's coverage of the speech over cellular phones. And Sierra Leone plans to broadcast the speech at more than 500 cinemas.

Obama is making his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as president. He is a highly popular figure on the continent as the first African-American U.S. president.