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    Russia and US Seek to Defuse Tense Syria Standoff

    They’re staring each other down. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov battled in front of the press over whether Bashar Assad, a Russian ally, can stay in power in Syria, with Tillerson pessimistic and Lavrov saying the U.S. doesn’t choose other countries’ leaders. Presidents Trump and Putin have both characterized trust between the nuclear nations as being at low ebb. Meanwhile, Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution condemning Assad’s suspected chemical attack on a Syrian village, which sparked American military retaliation last week.

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