Tax, trade and Syria on menu as UK's Cameron rallies world leaders to G-8 summit in NIreland

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British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering for the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms — and draw inspiration from the host country's ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict.

Cameron says he expects formal agreement Monday to launch negotiations on a European-North American free trade agreement. He says a pact to slash tariffs on exports would boost employment and growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

Leaders from the United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, France, Italy and Japan are joining Cameron for trade-boosting talks ahead of Monday's ceremonial opening of the summit at a lakeside golf resort near the town of Enniskillen.

During a later working dinner, foreign policy issues — especially Syria — will be on the menu.