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France sees Syria strike shifting war's balance

Sep 4th, 2013 - International News

— The French government says punitive military action against Syria could shift the balance in the country's civil war that's tipping in favor of President Bashar Assad. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius tells France Info radio that to find a political solution to the war, "you have to move the situation." The French parliament is scheduled to debate how the country will respond to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons.

— The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. has "an obligation to act, not witness and watch while a humanitarian tragedy is unfolding." Sen. Bob Menendez is talking about the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria that the Obama administration blames on the Assad government. Menendez and Sen. Bob Corker, the committee's ranking Republican, have drafted a resolution authorizing the limited use of force, and the panel could vote on it today.

— President Barack Obama is in Sweden today, where he plans to focus on climate change, trade and technology. In addition to meeting with Sweden's prime minister and other leaders, Obama will stop at the country's premier technical university to call attention to the Sweden's goal to phase out fossil fuels by 2050. Tomorrow, the president leaves for Russia to attend the G-20 Summit.

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