Can Gordon Brown catch a break? Looking to prove that he's a player on the international stage, the beleaguered British Prime Minister asked President Barack Obama at least five times if the two could have a private meeting this week while U.N. and G-20 gatherings take place. Obama's answer? Nope. Perhaps playing a part in the snub is the White House's displeasure at Brown's handling of the decision to allow the Lockerbie bomber to be released. Downing Street denied any spurning. Brown said, "I do say that the special relationship is strong, it continues to strengthen."