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Tuesday: Need to Know

The breakfast conversations on the day before WEF officially starts have a somber tone, with discussions centering on the bombing at the international arrivals terminal at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

While topics for discussions, debates and panels are carefully planned ahead of times, breaking news has a way of taking over the agenda, so you'll hear much more on security from world leaders.

World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
(Photo: Hanspeter Baertschi)
World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shortened his trip to Davos, but will still deliver the opening address on Wednesday at 5:30 pm London time, the WEF reported on its official Twitter feed.

Looking to economic issues, here's a good analysis of how the European Monetary Union will remain united, in letter, if not spirit, and that no euro-zone member is likely to renege on debt obligations - yet.

And a nice roundup of the emergency issues facing world leadersas they head to the forum, including inflation, worries about trade and currency wars and rising food prices.