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Obama heads to Dallas to bring some 'comfort'

As the US reeled from the Dallas sniper attack targeting police, US President Barack Obama -- who cut short a trip to Europe so he could head to Texas -- sounded a note of optimismUS President Barack Obama heads to Dallas on Tuesday to offer comfort to relatives of the five police officers slain in a sniper ambush — and to try to unify a nation struggling to process a raw week of deadly violence and racial tensions. For Obama, his speech at an interfaith memorial service in the sprawling Texas city — with Vice President Joe Biden and former president George W. Bush at his side — will serve as a monumental leadership test as his presidency winds down. Eight years ago, Obama’s charisma and ability to inspire propelled him to office as America’s first black president, and raised hopes that the country would overcome some of its deeply entrenched societal divides.

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