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Nationwide Syria Cease-fire Announced

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Syria has announced its forces will begin a nationwide cease-fire beginning Friday. As with previous halts in fighting, the deal applies to the Syrian military and the rebels opposing, but not to militant groups such as Islamic State. Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Turkey, which supports rebel groups, said they will guarantee the truce. Moscow and Ankara have been engaged in intense negotiations in the past couple of weeks. Earlier this month, the two...

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