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President lobbies for U.S. strike

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WASHINGTON — Facing roadblocks at home and abroad, President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend on the votes of a fractured U.S. Congress.

The uncertainty surrounding Syria will hang over the president’s three-day overseas trip, which includes a global summit in Russia and a stop in Sweden. So will Obama’s tense relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the world leader who…

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