18 January 2011
Last updated at 22:52 ET
Chinese President Hu Jintao kicks off a four-day US visit with a rare private dinner at the White House with President Barack Obama.
Shares in technology giant Apple fall as much as 6% in New York trading after boss Steve Jobs takes indefinite medical leave.
Sargent Shriver, the first US Peace Corps director, Democratic vice-presidential candidate and brother-in-law to President John F Kennedy, dies aged 95.
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