A cozy dinner for two

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and Germany's leader are dining out Monday evening, a day before an elaborate official dinner is to be held at the White House.

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Aides said Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) met at 1789 Restaurant in Washington's historic Georgetown neighborhood, a gourmet establishment modeled after an elegant country inn.

The private dinner adds a personal touch to the pomp of the German leader's official visit, an unusual gesture that underscores the importance of the relationship with Europe's economic powerhouse.

The 56-year-old Merkel is the first woman and the first East German to lead a unified Germany.

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