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Reporters on the Job

January 7, 2008

Airborne: Competitors flew at the annual traditional sleigh race in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday.

Diether Endlicher/AP

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Star-struck: At a recent press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, staff writer Scott Baldauf was faced with a dilemma (see story). "You need to talk with several people, all of whom seem to be making for the exits. But across the room, you see a woman who happens to be one of your favorite authors on Africa," Scott says. "What do you do?"

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Scott had caught sight of Michela Wrong, a British reporter who has written two books: "I Didn't Do It for You," on the Eritrean-Ethiopian war, and "In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz," about the last days of Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko. "When she was about to duck out, I moved fast and told her how much I enjoyed her work, in that embarrassing way that you do when you meet, say, George Clooney on the street."

Scott says she was quite gracious to her fan – maybe because he restrained himself and didn't ask for her autograph.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday, Jan. 7: The Hague, Netherlands Resumption of war-crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Tuesday, Jan. 8:London – Royal Mail releases stamps featuring the covers of Ian Fleming's spy novels to commemorate 100 years since the author's birth.Washington – President George W. Bush meets Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, and then begins a trip to Israel, the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

Wednesday, Jan. 9:London – British Guantánamo resident appears before extradition hearing.Accra, Ghana Sentencing scheduled for two British teenage girls found guilty in November of trying to smuggle cocaine out of Ghana in laptop bags.

Thursday, Jan. 10:Frankfurt European Central Bank's governing council meets to set interest rates for the 15-nation euro zone.

– Amelia Newcomb

Deputy World editor

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