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Bush Leaves Argentina for Brazil, But Summit Continues


President Bush has left the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina, as discussions over the summit's final statement continue hours longer than planned.

Mr. Bush left Saturday for his next stop in Brazil, having stayed three hours extra as the talks dragged on. Members of the U.S. delegation have stayed behind in Mar del Plata to continue negotiations.

The summit's final statement is expected to discuss poverty and employment. But delegates have clashed over inclusion of a call to renew talks on an inter-American free trade region supported by Mr. Bush.

On the streets of Mar del Plata, city workers are cleaning up debris from anti-Bush protests that turned violent Friday. Police arrested more than 60 people, but said there were no major injuries.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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