Syrian Civil War Expected to lead G8 Talks


The leaders of eight of the world's top economic powers are meeting in Northern Ireland Monday. The official discussion at the G8 Summit is supposed to center around Europe's ailing economy, and what can be done to fix it, but the civil war in Syria is likely lead the talks.

Last week, President Obama announced plans to authorize shipments of weapons to rebel fighters. Russia is staunchly opposed to arming the rebels. President Vladimir Putin says rebel troops in Syria are terrorists and barbarians, who have even practiced cannibalism.

"Are these the people you want to support? Are they the ones you want to supply with weapons?" Putin said.

Putin has refused to stop providing arms to Bashar Al-Assad, and criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Obama for aiding the rebels fighting the Syrian leader

"You can see there are very big differences between the analysis we have of what happened in Syria and who's to blame," said Cameron.

President Obama, and President Putin are scheduled to hold private talks Monday afternoon. The conversation comes after a new report reveals the U.S. and the U.K. spied on Russia, and others, at the G20 summit in London in 2009.

The Guardian newspaper says it has evidence the two countries hacked into smart phones and read emails of other diplomats.

The source, Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked secret U.S. surveillance programs to the press.

President Obama spoke to young people in Belfast Monday morning. He declared the peace, the U.S. helped broker in Northern Ireland, a "blueprint" for those living amid conflict around the world, while acknowledging there are further tests ahead.


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