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Formal Nuclear Conference Sessions Begin Today

President Barack Obama, right, meets with Nigeria's acting President Goodluck Jonathan, left, in advance of the Nuclear Security Summit, at Blair House in Washington, Sunday, April 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, right, meets with Nigeria's acting President Goodluck Jonathan, left, in advance of the Nuclear Security Summit, at Blair House in Washington, Sunday, April 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The formal meeting portion of a 47-nation nuclear summit takes place today in Washington with an optimistic President Barack Obama scheduled to deliver remarks.

He's gotten a boost by Ukraine's announcement that it will give up its weapons-grade uranium. Obama also met separately with China's leader to discuss worries about Iran's nuclear program.

The leaders are discussing a plan to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials worldwide within four years. The goal is to keep those materials out of the hands of terrorists.

Obama's counterterrorism chief warns that al-Qaida is vigorously pursuing material and expertise for a bomb.

Presidential aides say this is the largest gathering of world leaders hosted by an American president since the 1945 conference that founded the United Nations.


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