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Obama to Discuss Syria Tuesday with Russia, China Leaders

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian and Chinese counterparts will discuss differences over what to do about the conflict in Syria at a G20 summit next week, the U.S. said on Friday.

"Obviously disagreements persist with regard to Syria, but it will be a good opportunity for the presidents to meet and work it through," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, referring to the Mexico talks.

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Turkey's Top Court Upholds President's Seven-Year Term

Turkey's top constitutional court on Friday dismissed an opposition appeal to end President Abdullah Gul's term this year, ruling that he can serve seven years.

The court also ruled that Gul can seek re-election in 2014, but only for a five-year term.

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Romney Rolls Out on Six-State Bus Tour

Republican Mitt Romney kicked off a five-day bus tour Friday, returning to old-school "traditional" campaign tactics to bring him face to face with thousands of voters across six states.

The multi-millionaire challenging for the White House in November's election will be joined by several surrogates and top backers, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, on a journey aimed at convincing Americans he is more in touch with their economic woes than President Barack Obama.

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French Left Set for Victory in Parliamentary Election

France's Socialists looked set for a clear victory in Sunday's second round parliamentary vote and are likely to secure the majority needed to push through tax-and-spend reforms, polls said Friday.

The last three surveys published before official campaigning comes to a halt at midnight on Friday said President Francois Hollande's Socialists would easily take a majority of seats in the lower house National Assembly.

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France Questions 100 People in Child Porn Crackdown

French police have questioned around 100 people and seized their computers as part of a months-long operation to crack down on child pornography, a police source said Friday.

The probe was conducted by police from the northern city of Amiens after they discovered hundreds of child sex photos and videos on a website hosted outside of France.

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Bosnian Court Hands Down Highest Sentence Yet for Srebrenica

The Bosnian war crimes court on Friday handed down its stiffest sentence yet when it jailed a former elite Bosnian Serb soldier for 43 years for his part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Stanko Kojic, a member of the Bosnian Serb 10th Sabotage Detachment, was convicted of crimes against humanity for taking part in the notorious July 16 killing of hundreds of people over more than five hours at the Branjevo military farm.

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U.N. Calls for Aid in 'Overlooked' Mali Emergency

The U.N. refugee agency launched an urgent cash appeal on Friday to help thousands uprooted by clashes in Mali, saying that the emergency there had been overlooked.

"This is now an emergency that is six months old and yet we have received only 13 percent of the funds" that are needed, said spokesman Andre Mahecic.

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Philippines Discusses China Dispute with Myanmar

The Philippines sought Myanmar's support in its maritime territorial dispute with China as the foreign ministers of the two Southeast Asian countries met on Friday.

Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario said he brought up the two-month long standoff in the South China Sea in his talks with visiting Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin in Manila.

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Report: 3 Killed in Canada University Shooting

Three employees of an armored car company were shot dead and a fourth person was wounded early Friday at the University of Alberta in the western Canadian city of Edmonton, according to local media.

An Edmonton police officer told Agence France Presse that "shots were fired" but declined to provide further details, saying a statement would be released later.

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Basque Youth Group Close to ETA Says it has Dissolved

Segi, an outlawed youth group linked with the armed Basque separatist organization ETA, said Friday it had disbanded.

Segi, which was declared a terrorist group by Spain's Supreme Court in 2007 over its suspected ties to ETA, said it "has ended its course", in a statement published in pro-independence Basque newspaper Gara.

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