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    Evacuation of Aleppo Delayed as Cease-Fire Broken

    It’s all over but the fighting. The evacuation of civilians and rebel forces from eastern Aleppo has been delayed amid a new round of cease-fire violations, and buses sent to collect evacuees have returned to the government side. Rebels blamed Iranian militias backing President Bashar Assad for breaking the truce, while Russia hailed the end of four years of rebel control and bloodshed and rejected “pointless” U.S. negotiations. Meanwhile, the U.N. reports that scores of civilians have been executed by government forces and tens of thousands remain in danger.

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