The announcement was made two days ago.
Here's the story from the AFP:
Obama announces trips to Middle East, Europe
"WASHINGTON (AFP) — White House hopeful Barack Obama, seeking to burnish his foreign policy credentials, announced Saturday he would visit major US allies in the Middle East and Europe before the November election.
The Democratic senator plans to discuss terrorism, nuclear proliferation and climate change when he speaks with the leaders of France, Germany, Britain, Jordan and Israel, his campaign said.
"This trip will be an important opportunity for me to assess the situation in countries that are critical to American national security, and to consult with some of our closest friends and allies about the common challenges we face," Obama said in a statement.
The campaign did not divulge any dates, but the trips will likely take place this summer before the race between Obama and Republican rival John McCain intensifies after party conventions in August and September." -more