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    Cease-fire in Syria Holds in First Hours

    It began at midnight. Though the truce brokered by Russia and Turkey has already been marred by a few violent clashes, rebels and government forces are reportedly largely holding their fire. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a watchdog group, blamed the flare-ups on small armed bands reluctant to give up on the country’s civil war, which has killed an estimated 300,000 people in five years. Peace talks are slated to begin in Kazakhstan next month, but experts caution that previous cease-fires this year have swiftly disintegrated.

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