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Crimea edges closer to vote, as US-Russia talks fail

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The United States and Russia failed Friday to resolve a Cold-War-style standoff sparked by Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, as the clock ticks down to the region's vote on splitting from Ukraine. 

A member of the Crimean Tatar community waves the Ukrainian national flag during a pro-Ukrainian demonstration near the village of Ilinka on March 14, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in early Friday for whirlwind talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in London, with few illusions that Sunday's Moscow-backed referendum in the strategic Black Sea peninsula could be averted or delayed.

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