Top US, Russian diplomats meet as Syria truce crumbles

September 20, 2016 1:56 PM

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NEW YORK (AP) — The top American and Russian diplomats joined together Tuesday in a last-ditch bid to save Syria's week-old truce, on a day the pair once envisioned as the start of a new military partnership against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. Instead, they went into their talks unsure what cooperation could be maintained to stop the Arab country's five-year civil war.

While Arab, European and other officials waited, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in a New York hotel hoping to quickly iron out some of the many differences between Washington and Moscow. They walked up a grand staircase, deep in conversation, on the way ...

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