Diplomatic efforts intensify on corralling Syrian chemical arms

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By Stephanie Nebehay and Louis Charbonneau GENEVA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Diplomatic efforts to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control intensified on Wednesday as Russia warned that a U.S. strike could unleash extremist attacks and carry the country's bitter civil war beyond Syria's borders. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone, the State Department said, one day before they meet in Geneva to try to agree on a strategy to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. The five permanent veto-wielding powers of the U.N. ...