US President Barack Obama walks alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to Air Force One prior to departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, July 5, 2009. Obama is traveling to Moscow, Russia, on the first leg of a week-long trip that will also take him to Italy and Ghana.

Here is the schedule for the Obamas week abroad:

Russia – July 6-8th

Italy – July 8-10th – President Obama will attend a Group of Eight summit in Italy.

Vatican City – July 10th – (CNN) — President Barack Obama [and Mrs. Obama] will meet Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on July 10, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday.

Africa – Accra, Ghana – July 10-11th – The President and Mrs. Obama will visit. While in Ghana, the President will discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues with Ghanaian President Mills. The President and Mrs. Obama look forward to strengthening the U.S. relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and to highlighting the critical role that sound governance and civil society play in promoting lasting development.

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