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Kerry, Arab League envoy call for conference on Syrian transitional government


FILE - This Monday, July 15, 2013, file image taken from leaked video obtained by Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show a fireball from an explosion at a weapons depot set off by rocket attacks that struck government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs. Never in history has a war been covered in the way that Syria‚Äôs civil war has: A constant stream of hundreds of thousands of videos instantaneously bringing all the viciousness, brutality and gore instantaneously and vividly to millions of viewers across the globe via YouTube and social media. The raw footage from Syria's battlefields comes in a perpetual stream _ a vicious civil war brought instantaneously to millions of viewers across the globe via YouTube and social media.(AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video) (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria say an international conference to set up a Syrian transitional government must be organized urgently and held as soon as possible.

Kerry and envoy Lakdhar Brahimi (LAHK'-dar bra-HEE'-mee) spoke Monday after meeting at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Britain.

Kerry says it's imperative to get the so-called "Geneva II" conference organized by a mid-November target the United Nations has set.

Brahimi says he'll travel to the Middle East this week to see representatives of all sides to try to plan and set a specific date for the meeting.

Kerry is in London on the last stop of a an extended two-week overseas trip that has also taken him to Japan, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and Afghanistan.