World briefs: U.S., Turkey meet on Syria

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan projected a united front Thursday on Syria, keeping stark differences about how much the U.S. should intervene behind closed doors as they looked to Russia and the global community to close ranks behind efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The two offered no hints about actions either country would take, but pledged to keep upping the pressure on Mr. Assad to leave.

After a lengthy meeting focused on Syria, Mr. Erdogan sidestepped a question about what he wants Mr. Obama to do, even though the Turkish premier has publicly urged the U.S. to take further steps to hasten Mr. Assad's departure. And Mr. Obama emphasized that if and when the U.S. takes further action, it won't be alone.

Collapse at shoe factory

TREAM TBAL, Cambodia -- A raised storage area collapsed Thursday morning at a footwear factory, killing at least two workers, injuring a dozen more and underlining global worries about factory safety in poor countries.

Multinational clothing retailers have been considering Cambodia as one of several countries that could be alternatives to Bangladesh after the disaster three weeks ago at a garment factory complex there that killed at least 1,127 people.

The precise cause of the collapse at the sneaker factory in Tream Tbal was not immediately known.

Security forces kidnapped

CAIRO -- Unidentified gunmen kidnapped seven members of Egypt's security forces, including an army conscript, a security official said, in the latest unrest in the Sinai peninsula.

The men were traveling in two vehicles in an area known as Wadi El-Akhdar near the city of El-Arish.

Negotiations through mediators were under way with the kidnappers, who were demanding the release of prisoners held in connection with an attack on a police station.

Suicide outside school

PARIS -- Police said Thursday that a man entered the courtyard of a private Roman Catholic school in the upscale 7th district of Paris and committed suicide with a sawed-off shotgun, shooting himself in the head in front of about a dozen children.

The man's motive remained unclear and his identity was not immediately made known, though the police did say he was around 50 years old.

Alleged spy's wig familiar

MOSCOW -- All that low-tech equipment that Russian security officers displayed after detaining Ryan Fogle, American diplomat and alleged spy, made it look as though he stepped right out of the annals of 1980s Cold War espionage.

The Interfax news agency is reporting the wigs he allegedly had with him match a wig seized from Michael Sellers, a U.S. diplomat kicked out of the Soviet Union back in 1986. That wig is in the archives of the FSB, Russia's Federal Security Service. Citing sources, Interfax speculated that the CIA has used the same wig supplier down through the decades.

Show of defiance

LONDON -- Lawmakers from David Cameron's Conservative Party voted against the government's legislative program in a show of defiance over his policy toward the rest of Europe.

A total of 133 members of the 650-seat Parliament, 116 of them Conservative, voted Wednesday to express "regret" over last week's Queen's Speech -- when the legislative agenda is announced. They were unhappy that it didn't include a provision for a referendum on continued European Union membership.

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