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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed the possibility of organizing ceasefires in parts of Syria and also a readiness by Bashar al- Assad to open humanitarian access corridors. At a news conference after talks with Lavrov in Paris, Kerry said, "We talked today about the possibility of trying to encourage a ceasefire. Maybe a localized ceasefire in Aleppo." Anti-government protesters aiming to shut down central Bangkok took over key intersections Monday, halting much of the traffic into the Thai capital's main business district as part of a campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister. The intensified protests, which could last weeks or more, were peaceful and even festive, as people sporting "Shutdown Bangkok" T-shirts blew whistles, waved Thai flags of various sizes and spread out picnic mats to eat on the pavement. Former Thai Prime Minister and Leader of the opposition, Abhisit Vejjajiva, said compromise is needed. Otherwise, life continued normally in much of the capital, with most businesses and shops open. Foreign policy and the global economy are on the agenda Monday as President Obama meets with his counterpart from Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at the White House in the mid-afternoon. The White House schedule says, Obama and Rajoy "will discuss promoting economic growth and new jobs, support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, cooperation within NATO, Latin America, shared challenges in North Africa and the Middle East, and other topics of mutual interest," . Another likely topic: National Security Agency surveillance powers, which can extend into foreign nations. Obama is scheduled to announce changes to NSA policies on Friday.

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