Washington Daybook: Troop Talks

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Protestors demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington. This week marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

President Barack Obama holds a press conference today at the White House with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai after talks on how many of the 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan should remain after 2014 to help fight terrorists. Karzai is seeking to persuade Obama not to remove all troops.

Regulators will announce a review of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet today following a fire on a Japan Airlines jet. The review is in addition to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration probe of the Jan. 7 fire that caused damage to the battery pack area of the jet. Adding to the series of glitches, All Nippon Airways said a Dreamliner cockpit window cracked during a flight today and another jet had an oil leak.

The trade deficit shrank in November as lower fuel costs curbed imports, a government report today is likely to show. The gap narrowed to $41.3 billion from $42.2 billion a month earlier, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. The federal budget deficit also narrowed last month, a report from Treasury may show. ITC Judge Thomas Pender may release his findings in a patent-infringement case by Dover Corp. unit against Analog Devices Inc. over microphones used in digital devices.

And Amensty International holds a march to mark the 11th anniversary of detainees being held at Guantanamo, starting at the Supreme Court.

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