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World powers announce plans for cease-fire in Syria after nearly five years of civil war

World powers announce plans for cease-fire in Syria after nearly five years of civil war

The United States, Russia and other world powers agreed Thursday to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war to start in one week in an effort to stop the carnage and allow delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged civilians.

The cease-fire will not apply to groups designated as terrorists -- namely, Islamic State and the Al Qaeda offshoot known as the Al Nusra Front -- so that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition can continue airstrikes against those positions.

But how that will play out is unclear: The U.S. has often accused Russia of claiming it was fighting Islamic State when in fact it targeted other opponents of the Syrian...

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