Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila on November 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS
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Pacific-rim nations closed ranks against terrorism Thursday at the end of a summit that was darkened by last week's attacks in Paris, but still Washington and Moscow sparred over how to deal with Syria and ISIS fighters sheltering there.The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group's 21 leaders vowed to prevent terrorism from undermining values that underpin their economies, and said there was a need for greater international cooperation to fight the scourge.The mood was somber at the APEC summit after last Friday's killing spree by ISIS fighters in Paris, where at least 129 people died, and this overshadowed the annual meeting's usual focus on growth, trade and development issues.ISIS has claimed the attack.Obama will also "very directly" raise concerns with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur about the status of the country's opposition, including the imprisonment of some, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said.The summit discussed efforts to promote trade across their countries, spurred by a sag in economic growth across much of their region, which is home to 3 billion people and accounts for 60 percent of global output.
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