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Monitor: Truce Takes Effect in Key Syrian Battle Zones

Syrian government forces and rebel fighters have agreed to a cease-fire in the western region of the country, set to go into effect Friday under U.N. auspices. The agreement involves a prisoner exchange and an exchange of populations, which some say may be part of a plan to create a new sectarian map for the country. Syrian opposition activists and a rebel leader say a truce deal has gone into effect in two key battlegrounds where, until recently, government forces and their allies...

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