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U.S., U.K. Pressure for Action on Syria Hits UN Hurdle

The rift between Russia and western nations over Syria widened as the U.S. and the U.K. said they were ready to lead a military strike without United Nations approval.

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron confront a decision whether to attack Syria without a UN mandate amid Russian resistance, demands for consultation from lawmakers at home and domestic opposition to involvement in another conflict in the Middle East.