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    Syrian Government Suspends Aleppo Evacuations

    That was fast. At least 6,000 people were evacuated from the besieged city to rebel-held zones in neighboring Idlib province. But even as human rights groups worried about freezing winter weather and overcrowding in refugee areas, Syrian officials suspended the evacuations entirely, saying rebel groups had broken the cease-fire terms by taking hostages. The fate of the 50,000 still trapped in Aleppo remains unclear. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a peace deal’s necessary to stave off further massacres, but he’s unlikely to wrangle one before Barack Obama’s term ends.

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