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Turkey to host four-nation summit on Syria crisis

A summit between the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany and Russia will be held in Istanbul this month to discuss the conflict in Syria and efforts for a lasting solution to the war in the Arab country, a Turkish official said Friday.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, in a written statement said the summit will take place on Oct. 27.

Russia and Turkey reached an agreement last month to set up a demilitarized zone around the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib preventing a government offensive on the last rebel stronghold in the country.

Idlib has been calm since, though some militant groups did not meet an Oct. 15 deadline to evacuate the DMZ. Many feared that a...