SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he would be willing to talk with Syrian President Bashar Assad to stem that nation's violence.

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In an interview with CBS News, Kerry says the U.S. is pushing for Assad to seriously discuss a transition strategy to quell the Arab country's four-year civil war.

Kerry says, "We have to negotiate in the end."

While previous efforts saw Assad's government not engage on a concrete plan, Kerry says the U.S. is trying "to get him to come and do that."

He says that may require additional pressure on Assad's Iran-backed government, which is fighting Sunni rebels and Islamic State extremists.

3 male teens from UK detained in Turkey going to Syria

LONDON (AP) — British police say three male teenagers have been detained in Turkey because they were planning to travel to Syria.

Police say two are 17 and the third is 19. Their names have not been released.

Police said Sunday that counter-terrorism officers learned on Friday the teens had gone missing and were thought to be traveling to Syria.

A number of Britons have traveled there to join Islamic State extremists, including three British schoolgirls who left their families in London last month.

Police say Turkish authorities were alerted and that the three were detained before they had a chance to travel to Syria.

British police say the three are in detention and their families have been notified.

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