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Obama administration presses for military action against Syria

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PARIS (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says "this is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter."

Speaking in Paris about last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria, Kerry said the world cannot allow the "unfettered use" of some of the most "heinous weapons on earth."

Earlier today, Kerry was in Lithuania meeting with European Union foreign ministers, who agreed that the Aug. 21 chemical attack outside Damascus appears to have been the work of Syria's regime. The foreign ministers called for a "clear and strong response" but said any military attack against Syria should wait until U.N. inspectors report on their investigation.

President Barack Obama discussed Syria in his weekly radio and Internet address. He said the United States "cannot turn a blind eye" to the grim images of children allegedly killed in the chemical the attack.

Obama will address the nation on the subject Tuesday evening. The next day, a key first vote is expected in the Senate over a resolution authorizing the "limited and specified use" of U.S. armed forces.

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