Bush Faces World Challenges

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President Bush plans to huddle with top diplomats and military advisers on the inaugural day of a Mideast truce, with a list of challenges spreading far beyond the Israel-Hezbollah conflict.

While the Mideast has dominated headlines and the administration's attention, sectarian violence has surged in Iraq and efforts to get North Korea and Iran to restrict their nuclear ambitions remained stalled.

Bush travels to the Pentagon this morning to meet with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other military advisers. He plans to have lunch with what the White House described as a panel of experts on Iraq.

In the afternoon, Bush meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and his foreign policy team. He also plans to speak to reporters.

The sessions are the first of several that Bush plans this week with key advisers.