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The Latest: Pope seeks talks to avert Syria 'catastrophe'

Sunday Sep 2 Read more: SFGate
BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations to avoid a "humanitarian catastrophe" from a looming battle in Syria. Francis appealed on Sunday to the international community and "all the actors involved" to use diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations "in respect for international humanitarian law and to safeguard the lives of civilians." Addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square, Francis said "the winds of war are still blowing and troubling news reaches us about the risks of a possible humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria's Idlib province.

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