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US Election Updates - September 11, 2012

Obama and Romney to speak at Bill Clinton's philanthropic summit

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are to set aside their political differences later this month when they speak at Bill Clinton's eighth annual philanthropic summit.

Obama and Romney were invited earlier this summer to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), before Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech last week where he endorsed Obama and launched a scathing attack on the Republican presidential candidate.

Obama and Romney will address separate sessions on September 25, the final day of the three-day summit in New York City.

Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will also appear at the Clinton Global Initiative, along with her Republican predecessor at the State Department, Condoleezza Rice.

Others due to attend include the world's richest man, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, Spain's King Juan Carlos and Jordan's Queen Rania.

The idea for CGI sprung from Clinton's frustration when he was president from 1993 to 2001 after attending conferences that resulted in little or no action.

So far the Clinton Global Initiative has produced more than 2,100 pledges worth around $70 billion.