Thursday's global agenda: Petraeus returns to Capitol Hill

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Out of Africa: Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin wraps up his Africa trip with a visit to Botswana today. He is scheduled to meet with the vice president, finance minister and other finance officials in the stable, middle-income country. Wolin has visited the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola during his trip.

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon travels to Georgia for meetings with senior Georgian officials to emphasize the United States' “continued commitment to the U.S.-Georgia relationship.”

In other news

Xi Jinping today took control of both the Communist Party and the Central Military Commission during China's once-in-a-decade leadership transition. [The New York Times]

Three Israelis were killed Thursday as Israel's aerial offensive against Gaza intensified overnight. [The Washington Post]

The Obama administration issued long-awaited guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. [The Wall Street Journal]

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