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  1. Kerry and Lavrov

    US and Russia Broker Syria Ceasefire, But Assad Has Plans

    Just when the others had agreed to put their guns down, Bashir Assad is vowing to quash the opposition and take back the country. The ceasefire agreement allows for an immediate influx of humanitarian aid followed by a “cessation of hostilities” next week — with exceptions for efforts to rout out ISIS and the al-Nusra Front. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the plan “ambitious,” which seems like an understatement now that Assad is warning he’ll continue fighting “terrorism” throughout the peace process.

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