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Asia-Pacific leaders condemn Paris attacks in draft of statement to be issued from summit

MANILA, Philippines — Leaders gathering for a regional summit in the Philippines have condemned the Paris attacks in a draft of the statement they will release from the meeting.

The 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that includes the United States and China says the attacks "demand a united voice from the global community."

The response is contained in a draft of the declaration to be issued when the annual summit ends Thursday.

"We stand in solidarity with the people of France and all victims of terrorism elsewhere," the leaders say in the statement seen Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Friday's attacks in Paris by suspected Islamic State group extremists killed 129 people and wounded 350 others. The victims came from at least 19 nations, according to French President Francois Hollande.

The APEC meeting, which focuses on trade and economic issues, is being overshadowed by the Paris attacks and China's disputes in the South China Sea with its Asian neighbours.

Jim Gomez, The Associated Press

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