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Kerry, Lavrov Agree Syria Truce Holding, Extend it by 48 Hours

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 – The United States and Russia agreed that the Syrian cessation of hostilities that began on Monday had largely held and should be extended for another 48 hours despite sporadic violence, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. The cessation of hostilities, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian

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Syria Ceasefire Deal With Russia Close, but Obama Says ‘Not There Yet’

By Roberta Rampton HANGZHOU, China, Sept 4 – President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia were working on Sunday to try to finalise a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid in the war-torn country. “We’re not there yet,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with UK Prime Minister

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Aleppo Fighting Rages as U.S., Russia Try To Revive Syria Truce

By John Davison and David Brunnstrom BEIRUT/PARIS, May 10 – Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria‘s military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday.

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Syrian Opposition Says Government Wrecking Truce Deal

By John Davison and John Irish BEIRUT/GENEVA, March 1 – A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said on Monday that a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of collapse because of attacks by government forces. The cessation of hostilities drawn up by Washington and Moscow faced

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Guns Fall Mostly Silent As Delicate Syria Truce Takes Effect

By Tom Perry and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Feb 28 – Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids stopped on Saturday, the first day of a cessation of hostilities that the United Nations has described as the best hope for peace in five years of civil war. Under the U.S.-Russian accord accepted by

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Syria Fighting Largely Halts as Cessation Begins

By John Davison BEIRUT, Feb 27  – Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on Saturday after a landmark “cessation of hostilities” came into effect under a U.S.-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have accepted. The temporary halt in fighting marked the first time world powers have been able

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Syrian Rebels See Flaws in U.S.-Russian Truce Plan

By Arshad Mohammed and Tom Perry WASHINGTON/BEIRUT, Feb 23 – The United States and Russia announced plans for a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria that would take effect on Saturday but exclude groups such as Daesh and al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, a loophole Syrian rebels immediately highlighted as a problem. Monday’s agreement, described by a U.N. spokesman as “a first

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Violence Rages In Syria As Kerry and Lavrov Reach Provisional Deal On Ceasefire

By Patricia Zengerle and John Davison AMMAN/BEIRUT, Feb 22 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, had reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria and the sides were closer to a ceasefire than ever before. Meanwhile, violence continued to rage in Syria. Multiple

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Israel Pessimistic on Syria Ceasefire, Eyes Sectarian Partition

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Feb 14  – Israel voiced doubt on Sunday that an international ceasefire plan for Syria would work, with one senior official suggesting a sectarian partition of the country might be preferable. While formally neutral on the five-year civil war wracking its neighbor, Israel has some sway among the world powers that

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At Issue in U.N. Syria Ceasefire Plan: Who Is a Terrorist?

By Arshad Mohammed and Louis Charbonneau WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, Dec 31 – A U.N. plan to suspend Syria’s nearly five-year-old civil war calls for listing which militant groups may be fought despite an eventual ceasefire, one of the toughest issues vexing diplomats trying to end the conflict. A U.N. draft discussion paper obtained by Reuters includes

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