Obama, in Europe, still pursuing Syria support

12:50 AM, Sep 6, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama is using the last day of a trip to Europe to renew his quest for foreign support for a U.S. military strike in Syria.

But three days after he left Washington, it's unclear whether the global coalition he's has been seeking is any closer to becoming a reality.

China's a firm no. The European Union is skeptical. Even Pope Francis weighed in, urging leaders gathered at the Group of 20 economic summit to abandon what he called a "futile mission."

A key status update comes Friday when Obama is quizzed by reporters in the waning hours of the summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Then the president will return to Washington, where a similarly vigorous domestic fight over a potential strike awaits him in Congress.


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