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G-8 leaders can’t agree on fate of Syrian leader

Russia rebuffs Western efforts to exclude Assad

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland — President Obama, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and other G-8 leaders attempted to speak with one voice Tuesday on seeking a negotiated Syrian peace settlement — yet couldn’t agree on whether this means President Bashar Assad must go.

Their declaration at the end of the two-day Group of Eight summit sought to narrow the chasm between Assad’s key backer, Russia, and Western leaders on starting peace talks in Geneva to end a two-year civil war that has claimed an estimated 93,000 lives.

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