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On Sunday night, Bach exchanged greetings with Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

Los Angeles, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, is competing against Paris, Rome and Budapest for the right to stage the Games.

The IOC will select the host at a meeting in Peru in September of 2017.

The US last hosted a summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

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Speaking at this year's annual national convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia in July, U.S. President Barack Obama admitted that legacy of the U.S. past history of slavery and segregation and structural inequalities continued to haunt the country.

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(Xinhua correspondents Xu Jing in Chicago and Ma Guihua in New York also contributed to the story)

KATHMANDU, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, has urged Nepali leaders to conclude the constitution drafting process through compromise, flexibility and inclusivity.

The visiting UN official's remarks came at a time when Nepalese political parties are not able to find ways to narrow down their differences on the key contentious issues of the new statute such as system of governance and judiciary when there is just one week left to meet the Jan. 22 deadline.

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The top UN official who arrived in the Himalayan country on Tuesday morning also encouraged the leaders neither to threaten a walk out nor force a vote, rather to conclude the historical task of constitution drafting on the basis of broader consensus.

The under secretary general who met chiefs of Nepali political parties including President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala during his two-day visit, said that the Nepal constitution is not a routine piece of legislation but a foundation document that should enjoy the widest people support.

While talking about his meetings with entire political spectrum, the top UN official said that Nepalese leaders have assured him to

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"But time according to the calendar set by the leaders themselves is running out. We believe it is essential for political leaders to seize the moment and carry out the mandate entrusted to them by the Nepali people. We appeal to all leaders to rise above their party ambitions and move forward in the national interests of the country -- as they did in 2006. This is a historical opportunity of Nepal," he added.

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