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Viktor Yanukovych

Obama, Putin talk of easing tensions in Syria, but at odds on how

UNITED NATIONS _ The Cold War-like tensions between the United States and Russia dominated the annual opening Monday of the U.N. General Assembly as President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart differed over the war in Syria and the role of its embattled leader, and exchanged blame for the Ukraine crisis.tmpplchld Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin each called for cooperation in eradicating terrorism and ending conflict. But their differences augured badly for the first meeting in nearly a year that they were to hold later Monday in a bid to find common ground on Syria, fighting the Islamic State and resolving the Moscow-backed separatist revolt in eastern Ukraine.tmpplchld The...