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U.S., Russia Stalemate on Syria Frustrates European Powers

By Michelle Nichols and John Irish UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA, May 17 – The Obama administration’s failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad must go is fueling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country’s five-year civil war, diplomats say. Some diplomats and analysts question whether the United States has misread

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Kerry Meets Saudi King to Discuss Syria Before Vienna Talks

By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, May 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss the fragile truce in Syria, before broader talks with Russia, Iran and other countries in Vienna on Tuesday. Kerry has said he hopes to strengthen a “cessation of hostilities” agreement between

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