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Obama, Putin Discuss World Hot Spots in Phone Call

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday about the situation in Syria and the importance of Russia pressing the Syrian regime for a lasting halt to attacks against civilians and groups agreeing to a cessation of hostilities. The White House said the two presidents confirmed their commitment to defeating Islamic State and the al-Nusrah Front, the Syria-based al-Qaida affiliate. President Obama also emphasized the need for progress on a...

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