published Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The List: The most powerful people in the world

President Barack Obama meets in June with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month — a rare diplomatic snub.The move is retribution for Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who is accused of leaking highly secretive details about National Security Agency surveillance programs. It also reflects growing U.S. frustration with Russia on several issues, including missile defense and human rights.
President Barack Obama meets in June with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month — a rare diplomatic snub.The move is retribution for Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who is accused of leaking highly secretive details about National Security Agency surveillance programs. It also reflects growing U.S. frustration with Russia on several issues, including missile defense and human rights.
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Forbes magazine has rated who it regards as the most powerful people in the world.

• 1. Vladimir Putin, Russia president, age 61

• 2. Barack Obama, U.S. president, age 52

• 3. Xi Jimping, general secretary of the Chinese Community Party, age 60

• 4. Pope Francis, pope of the Roman Catholic Church, age 76

• 5. Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, age 59

• 6. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, age 58

• 7. Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, age 59

• 8. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia, age 89

• 9. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, age 66

• 10. Michael Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, age 63

Source: Forbes magazine, November 2013

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