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Harsh exchanges make for a rocky start to latest Syria talks

By PHILIP ISSA Negotiators for the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions traded accusations of terrorism after their first face-to-face meeting on Monday, as talks in Kazakhstan arranged by Russia and Turkey got off to a rocky start. The gathering in Astana, the Kazakh capital, is the latest in a long line of diplomatic …

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Putin says Russia won’t expel US diplomats in hacking flap

By JOSH LEDERMAN and NATALIYA VASILYEVA President Vladimir Putin castigated the United States on Friday for imposing sanctions and expelling Russian diplomats amid allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election, but said no U.S. diplomats will be ousted in reprisal for President Barack Obama’s moves in the wake of hacking attacks. In a …

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Syrian TV, rebels trade blame amid halted Aleppo evacuation

By BASSEM MROUE The evacuation of eastern Aleppo stalled Friday after an eruption of gunfire, as the Syrian government and rebels threw accusations at each other, raising fears that a peaceful surrender of the opposition enclave could fall apart with thousands of people believed to be still inside. The government suspended the evacuation, pulling out …

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Aleppo cease-fire collapses, threatening evacuation plans

By PHILIP ISSA and SARAH EL DEEB A cease-fire deal between rebels and the Syrian government in the city of Aleppo effectively collapsed on Wednesday, with fighter jets resuming deadly air raids over the opposition’s densely crowded enclave in the east of the city. The attacks threatened to scuttle plans to evacuate rebels and tens …

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Interview: Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets

By KATE DE PURY and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV As the Soviet Union was breaking up 25 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev expected the United States and its Western allies to provide vital aid. The former Soviet president thinks their failure to offer significant help wasted a chance to build a safer world and resulted from short-sighted gloating …

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