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Obama, Putin can't agree on Syria cease-fire

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Obama, Putin can't agree on Syria cease-fire

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to reach a deal Monday on a cease-fire for Syria, but the two sides have agreed to continue negotiating even as Syrian government forces close in on the beseiged city of Aleppo. Meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic meeting in Hangzhou, China, Obama emphasized the humanitarian importance of and urgent need for a cease-fire, but he was adamant about not striking an agreement that wouldn't meet his long-term objectives in Syria, said a White House official. The 90-minute unscheduled meeting was described by both sides as longer than usual for the sidelines of a G-20 summit. But an agreement remained elusive.

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Police add patrols after clown sighting

Police say they are doing extra patrols in a Winston-Salem neighborhood after two children reported seeing a clown trying to lure kids into the woods with treats. Police were called to the area around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say two children said they saw the clown, and one adult reported hearing the clown. Officers say they found no evidence of a clown in the woods. Four hours later, a caller who refused to give a name reported seeing a clown about 2 miles away. Police say again they found no evidence of a clown. Several unverified clown sightings in northern South Carolina have also been in the news.

New York: Two people were shot to death early Monday at a carnival celebrating Caribbean culture in the hours before the city's annual West Indian Day Parade. The bloodshed came amid unprecedented precautions taken by police to ensure safety at an event routinely marred by violence and a year after an aide to the governor was killed by a stray bullet.

Times wires

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