Russia-West dispute over Syria may dominate G8 summit

The first leaders of the Group of Eight were taking their seats Monday at the opening of their two-day summit at Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.  UK Prime Minister David Cameron failed to find common ground with President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian question when they met in London before the meeting. High on the agenda too are tax avoidance and economic issues.  The gathering of US, Russian, Canadian, French, German, Italian, British and Japanese leaders at the lakeside venue is guarded by more than 8,000 British security officers. Ahead of the summit, President Barack Obama will address a public gathering at the Waterfront Hall centre in Belfast.

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