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David Cameron and Vladimir Putin Discuss Syria on Eve of G8 Summit

FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- On the eve of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in London Sunday to discuss the Syrian crisis.

Though Cameron and Putin both readily admit that they have disagreements over Syria, the two leaders said they both want to see an end to the conflict.

“We have a common goal and a common desire to provide conditions for the settlement of that conflict,” Putin said. “I can agree with the prime minister that it can, it should be done as soon as possible.”

“We can overcome these differences if we recognize that we share some fundamental aims: to end the conflict, to stop Syria breaking apart, to let the Syrian people choose who governs them, and to take the fight to the extremists and defeat them,” said Cameron, speaking to reporters after the meeting.

The two discussed how best to use the G8 Summit to help bring an end to the bloodshed in the embattled Middle East country. Cameron said they agreed that the G8 must back the work of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

“The challenge for the G8 and for this process,” Cameron said, “is to try and put aside some of the differences and to focus on the common ground, where we both want to see a peace process, a transition, take place.”

Though they agreed upon the need to work to overcome their differences, Putin did make a point to defend Russia’s support of the Assad Regime.

“Russia supplies to the legitimate government of Syria in full compliance with the norms of international law,” he said. “We're not breaching anything.”

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Britain One Step Closer to Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Britain's House of Commons voted in support of the Marriage Bill on Tuesday, which would enable same-sex couples to legally wed.

However, while it's endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron, the measure still has to pass another vote in that chamber and faces an uncertain future in the House of Lords.

Many within Cameron's own Conservative Party remain opposed to allowing gays and lesbians to get married.

Since 2001, 11 countries around the world have permitted same-sex marriage, while a handful of U.S. states have also sanctioned the unions.

Cameron believes the Marriage Bill will level the playing field for people of all lifestyles in Great Britain, adding that besides equality, "it's also about a stronger society."

The prime minister also wants to modernize the Conservative Party despite ongoing resistance to the legislation.

British public opinion polls show 55 percent of respondents support same-sex marriage.

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British PM on Hostages in Algeria: 'This Is a Continuing Situation'

Peter Macdiarmid/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's prime minister briefed his Parliamentary colleagues on Friday with the latest information on the hostage situation going on at a natural gas facility in Algeria.

David Cameron held back on some details because, "This is a continuing situation and we'll do our best to keep Parliament and the public updated.  We hope this will reach a conclusion shortly."

He said he spoke to the Algerian prime minister on Thursday on why the country decided to launch a military raid.

"He said that the terrorists tried to flee, that they judged there to be an immediate threat to the lives of the hostages and have felt obliged to respond," Cameron said Friday.

"He told me that this first operation was complete but this is a large and complex site and they are still pursing terrorists and possibly some of the hostages in other areas of the site," the British prime minister continued.

Cameron added that Algeria is "looking at all possible routes to resolve this crisis."

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Great Britain Offers a Way Out for Syrian President

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain’s prime minister is telling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to get out of the country while he still can.

Al-Assad appears more determined than ever to stick out the conflict until the bitter end but if he does decide to change his mind, David Cameron said on Thursday that Britain could guarantee "safe passage" out of Syria although not to his country.

Cameron told Al-Arabiya TV that he wasn't about to let al-Assad get off Scott-free for his alleged war crimes "but if he wants to leave, he could leave; that could be arranged."

At this point, al-Assad probably doesn't have a lot of choices but at least one country has stepped up to offer him asylum.

Tunisia announced that it would be willing to accept al-Assad if he wants to leave Syria.  Ironically, it was the revolution in Tunisia last year that helped spur Syrians to seek democracy in their own country.

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UK, Afghanistan and Pakistan Have Constructive UN Pow-Wow

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Something positive has come out of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City this week -- even if it happened in the sidelines.

The leaders of the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and Pakistan pledged that their governments would continue seeking regional peace, stability and development in the region as the war in Afghanistan nears its 11th anniversary.

British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to also discuss eliminating terrorism that still plagues Afghanistan and its often contentious neighbor.

In perhaps the most important sign of cooperation, Zardari said he supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process to end the long war.

Zadari and Karzai also expressed their appreciation to Cameron for the United Kingdom's constant support in the region and for backing the socio-economic development of their people.

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British Prime Minister Leaves Daughter, 8, Alone at Pub

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain’s prime minister may want to consider signing up for one of those parenting-class vouchers he’s made available to those in his country.

On Monday, 10 Downing Street confirmed that Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, had accidentally left one of their children alone at a pub several months ago.

The Camerons and their children -- Nancy, 8; Arthur, 6; and Florence, 22 months -- had been attending Sunday lunch with two other families at the pub, reportedly close to the official country house for prime ministers.

According to The Sun newspaper, Nancy was visiting the restroom when the parents departed the pub in separate cars. David Cameron assumed Nancy was with Samantha and their two children; Samantha Cameron thought the child was with her father.

Nancy was left alone in the pub -- called the Plough -- for 15 minutes.

News of the mistake comes on the heels of an initiative supported by David Cameron that offers free child-rearing classes to British parents of children up to age 5 as well as texts and email reminders.

“Parents want help. It is in our interest as a society to help people bring up their children,” he said, according to the BBC. “We’re taught to drive a car. We’re taught all sorts of things at school. I think it makes perfect sense to help people with parenting.”

In a statement, Downing Street said the Camerons were “distraught” when they realized Nancy was missing.

“Thankfully when they phoned the pub, she was there safe and well. The prime minister went down straight away to get her,” a spokeswoman said.

Several residents ABC News spoke with in a nearby town said that parents forgot their children in pubs all the time. One couple, however, was shocked and wondered how David Cameron’s security had missed the girl as well.

In 2010, David Cameron spoke on the importance of family and children in an ABC News interview.

“You’ve got to make sure that you do find time for your family and children,” he said. “And for a good reason, which is that, you know, hopefully, one of the reasons you become a prime minister, is because you’ve got some balance and some equilibrium and some sort of reasonable judgment you bring to the problems of life. … If you get frazzled and fried and exhausted and forget who you are, then you’re going to be a rubbish dad.”

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British Prime Minister and Wife Leave Daughter Behind in a Pub

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron is red-faced Monday over a report that he and his wife accidentally left their 8-year-old daughter behind in a pub after enjoying lunch with two other families.

Britain’s Telegraph reports when the meal was done, the Camerons packed their 6-year-old son and 22-month-old daughter in a car and took off from The Plough in Cadsden, Bucks, not realizing that their eldest daughter wasn’t with them until two miles down the road.  The prime minister immediately got out of the car to call the pub, where the staff confirmed that their girl was fine after being found in a lavatory.

One pub insider told The Sun tabloid that it wasn’t feasible calling Nancy’s folks because, “It’s not like you can look up David Cameron in the phone book and then ring to say, ‘You’ve left your daughter behind.’”

The same person remarked, “It’s frightening the prime minister of Britain can forget something so important as his own daughter.”

It took about 15 minutes from the time the Camerons left the pub until they returned to fetch Nancy.

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British Prime Minister Responds to Cash-For-Access Accusation

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron defended himself and his party from a widening cash-for-access scandal on Monday after his chief fundraiser was caught on camera promising private dinners and possible policy changes in exchange for donations.

Cameron promised stricter fundraising rules and released the names of donors who he had hosted at dinners in his private residence -- an attempt to argue "he has nothing to hide" after the opposition Labour party charged that British "policy is for sale" under the prime minister.

The Sunday Times newspaper had posted a video on its website Sunday showing Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas talking with Times reporters who were posing as would-be overseas donors while also secretly filming the meeting.

"Two hundred grand to 250 is Premiere League... what you get is, when we talk about your donations, the first thing we want to do is get you at the Cameron/Osborne dinners," Cruddas told the reporters, referring to a sum equivalent of about $400,000, and to dinners with Cameron and Treasury chief George Osborne.

Once inside those dinners, he continued, the would-be donors could ask "practically any question you want... If you're unhappy about something, we will listen to you and put it into the policy committee at No. 10 [the prime minister's office and residence]… It will be awesome for your business.  You'll be well placed."

Cruddas resigned just before The Sunday Times posted the video.

Cameron and his allies argue that Cruddas was "boasting" and offering access that he could not actually deliver.

In a speech Monday, Cameron defended himself from withering criticism, saying he had done nothing wrong.

"In the two years I have been prime minister, there have been three occasions on which significant donors have come to a dinner in my flat.  In addition, there was a further post-election dinner which included donors in Downing Street itself shortly after the general election," he said during a speech that was supposed to focus on dementia research.  "None of these dinners were fundraising dinners and none of these dinners were paid for by the taxpayer.  I have known most of those attending for many years."

Cameron also promised to tighten rules restricting when donors are allowed to offer advice on policy and to limit individual political donations to $79,000.

His allies continued to argue that access for donors does not equate to policy change -- and that Cruddas was not following party rules.  Cruddas had only held his post, they said, for a month before he resigned.

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No Change in Afghanistan Withdrawal Timeline, President Obama Says

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama Wednesday emphasized that recent difficulties in the Afghanistan war would not result in a speedier withdrawal of U.S. troops.

“In terms of pace, I don’t anticipate at this stage that we’re going to be making any sudden additional changes to the plan that we currently have,” the president said at a joint appearance in the White House Rose Garden with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Noting that 10,000 U.S. troops have already left Afghanistan in the last year, with an additional 23,000 scheduled to withdraw by this summer, the president insisted that “a robust Coalition presence” would remain in the country during the summer fighting season “to make sure that the Taliban understand that they’re not going to be able to regain momentum. After the fighting season, in conjunction with all our allies, we will continue to look at how do we effectuate this transition in a way that doesn’t result in a steep cliff at the end of 2014 but rather is a gradual pace that accommodates the developing capacities of the Afghan national security forces.”

The two men Wednesday agreed to stick with “the transition plan that we agreed to with our coalition partners in Lisbon,” President Obama said. At the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago in May, they will announce the speed at which the U.S. will shift to a support role in 2013.

“This is a hard slog,” the president said when asked about polls indicating the public wants the war to end. “This is hard work....Why is it that poll numbers indicate people are interested in ending the war in Afghanistan? It’s because we’ve been there for 10 years, and people get weary. And they know friends and neighbors who have lost loved ones as a consequence of war. No one wants war. Anybody who answers a poll question about war saying enthusiastically, we want war, probably hasn’t been involved in a war. ”

In addition to Afghanistan, the president and prime minister told reporters Wednesday that they focused on Iran’s nuclear program, Syria, and economic recovery.

On Syria, Cameron begged off questions about imposing a no-fly zone, saying that the U.S./U.K. focus right now is “on trying to achieve transition, not trying to foment revolution. We think that the fastest way to end the killing, which is what we all want to see, is for Assad to go.” Asked if President Bashar al-Assad ought to be tried as a war criminal, Cameron broadened the question to “the issue of holding people responsible,” and on that he said, “I do.”

“People should always remember that international law has got a long reach and a long memory,” Cameron said, “and the people who are leading Syria at the moment and committing these crimes need to know that.”

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Obama Welcomes British Prime Minister to the White House

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama formally welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha to the White House on Wednesday morning.

“It’s now been 200 years since the British came here, to the White House -- under somewhat different circumstances,” the president joked about the British burning of the White House during the War of 1812. “They made quite an impression. They really lit up the place.”

The prime minister returned the ribbing. “I am a little embarrassed, as I stand here, to think that 200 years ago my ancestors tried to burn this place down.  Now, looking around me, I can see you’ve got the place a little better defended today,” Cameron said as he looked out at the display of members from the U.S. Armed Forces gathered on the South Lawn. “You’re clearly not taking any risks with the Brits this time.”

While their joint appearance formally marked the start of the prime minister’s visit, Obama and Cameron kicked things off Tuesday with an NCAA basketball tournament game in Ohio, where the prime minister said he learned “some new words -- alley-oops, brackets, fast breaks.”

“Last night, as President, I shared with the prime minister a uniquely American tradition of bracketology.  March Madness,” Obama said. “He’s learned to appreciate one of our great national pastimes. His team has told me he has decided to install a hoop at 10 Downing Street.”

The president and prime minster have a full day of meetings and a long agenda to cover, including the Afghanistan war strategy, unrest in the Middle East and the global economy.

“Whenever an American President and a British Prime Minister get together, there is a serious and important agenda to work through.  And today is no different.  Afghanistan, Iran, the Arab Spring, the need for trade, for growth, for jobs in the world economy, the biggest issues in the world -- that is our agenda today,” Cameron said.

Stressing the unity of their alliance, the president described the relationship between the two nations as “rock-solid” and “the strongest that it has ever been.”

“The reason is simple.  We stand together and we work together and we bleed together and we build together, in good times and in bad, because when we do, our nations are more secure, our people are more prosperous, and the world is a safer and better and more just place,” Obama said.

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