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    US, Russia Hold Safety Talks After ‘Near Miss’

    There’s no room for error. Following a “near miss” between American and Russian warplanes in Syria last weekend — U.S. officials say Putin’s flyboys have repeatedly ignored protocols — both sides are planning urgent talks over air safety. They will meet via teleconference later today in a bid to avoid accidental escalation of the conflict. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter expects a deal to be worked out soon, despite American disapproval of Russia’s “wrongheaded and strategically short-sighted” approach to resolving the situation in Syria.

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