Europe urges caution on Syria...Anti-war protests under way...Tokyo to host 2020 Olympics

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Updated: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 01:16:01 EST

PARIS (AP) — European foreign ministers say they endorse a "clear and strong response" to a chemical weapons attack that strongly points to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. But they're urging the U.S. to delay any military action until U.N. inspectors issue their report. President Barack Obama will discuss the Syrian situation in a national address Tuesday evening. WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-war protesters are making it clear they don't want a U.S. military strike on Syria. At least 150 people picketed in front of the White House on Saturday and marched to Capitol Hill. Another protest was held in New York's Times Square. Congress is set to debate and vote this week on whether to give the president authorization for a limited military action to punish the Assad government for an alleged chemical weapons attack. WASHINGTON (AP) — The liberal activist group MoveOn.org is launching a new TV ad urging Congress to oppose U.S. military strikes against Syria. The 30-second ad says the U.S. didn't set out to spend eight years at war in Iraq and a decade in Afghanistan and predicts the same thing will happen in Syria. MoveOn says it's bought time this week on MSNBC, with a heavier rotation around Obama's address to the nation on Tuesday night. TOKYO (AP) — It's a big day for Japan. The International Olympic Committee has named Tokyo as the host of the 2020 Games. The Japanese capital beat out Istanbul and Madrid in voting at the IOC meeting in Buenos Aires. Long considered a slight favorite, Tokyo had been on the defensive recently amid mounting concerns about a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah) nuclear plant. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The cost of battling the big wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is climbing. So far, officials estimate it has cost more than $89 million. The Rim Fire, which is entering its fourth week, has burned 394 square miles. It remains 80 percent contained, but there are still more than 3,400 firefighters on the job.

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