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Bush, Putin appeal for end to violence

CONCERNED The US and Russian leaders voiced similar sentiments about the situation in the Middle East and adopted an initiative aimed at fighting global nuclear terrorism

AFP , SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Separately, the US and Russia adopted what a US official billed as a "global initiative to combat nuclear terrorism," a control and monitoring mechanism aimed at keeping atomic materials out of the hands of extremists.

The two leaders also discussed North Korea and Iran, with Bush saying they were working together to achieve a consensus.

Iran has refused to suspend uranium enrichment, which the US and Europe fear it could be using to develop nuclear weapons material, while North Korea dramatically spiked regional tensions after test-firing seven missiles.

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