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LONDON (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could prevent a U.S.-led attack if he turned over his chemical weapons in the next week, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.

But Kerry told a press conference in London that he had no expectation that Assad would give up the arms.

The top U.S. diplomat was asked if there was anything that the Syrian government could do or offer now to prevent a military strike.

“Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week — turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow a full and total accounting for that,” Kerry told reporters.

“But he isn’t about to do it and it can’t be done.”

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File this under asked and answered. Former Georgia House minority leader and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams trended much of the day on Wednesday after Republican Sen. John Kennedy questioned whether she thought a restrictive voting bill signed into law last month is racist. "I think there are provisions of it that are racist, yes," the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate answered. Abrams was speaking during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Tuesday when Kennedy made the mistake of asking her for a list of the provisions she objects to in the Georgia legislation.

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