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Bush wishes for freedom from tyranny

TOYAKO, Japan, July 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush, in Japan to meet with other world leaders, Monday wished for freedom from tyranny at a wishing tree with his colleagues in Toyako.

Bush traveled to Japan for the Group of Eight meeting and much of Monday's session focused on Africa -- both the need for G8 members to honor pledges and the situation in Zimbabwe.

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Following an evening photo session at which Bush ignored reporters' shouts to look their way, Bush approached the tree in which world leaders placed their wishes.

"I wish for a world free from tyranny: the tyranny of hunger, disease and free from tyrannical governments. I wish for a world in which the universal desire for liberty is realized. I wish for the advance of new technologies that will improve the human condition and protect our environment. I wish God's blessings on all. George W. Bush," the president's missive read.

Later, world leaders and their spouses huddled under umbrellas to watch costumed dancers and fireworks.

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