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Arab leaders, at loggerheads over inter-Arab issues including Egypt and Syria, offered little evidence of progress after a two-day summit in Kuwait focused largely on avoiding further splits. Gulf opposition to Qatar's financial backing for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist rebels in Syria burst into the open last month when Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain followed suit. A declaration read out at the end of the summit said only that the 22 members of the Arab League would "pledge to work decisively to put a final end to divisions". U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke from a visit to Italy on Wednesday to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, even as Arab leaders declared they would never meet Israel's core demand to be recognized as a Jewish state. Kerry flew to Jordan to ask Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to commit to extending the negotiations, just days before Israel is supposed to release a final group of Palestinian prisoners as a confidence-building gesture. Americans are cool, hip and otherwise chill with pot in their town, but aren't sure they want to get much closer than that. A CNBC All-America Survey finds that 56 percent of Americans would view it as acceptable if a business sold marijuana in their city or town, assuming it were legal in their state. Support, however, declines to 48 percent when asked about a business selling marijuana in or near your neighborhood. Just 34 percent of Americans said they would invest in a business that grew or sold marijuana. DMK president M. Karunanidhi Wednesday said his party will extend support to the Congress to form a secular government at the centre even though the party was an "ungrateful" ally. Kick-starting his election campaign here, Karunanidhi said the Congress was down in many states as it was an ungrateful party and its cadres did not know what gratitude meant. He said that in order to form a secular government at the centre, the DMK would forgive the Congress and extend support. The DMK had earlier refused to align with the Congress, forcing the latter to go it alone in the general election.

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