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Western envoys reject Russia's call for delayed Syria cease-fire

Western envoys reject Russia's call for delayed Syria cease-fire

With dim prospects for success, world powers gathered Thursday in Munich, Germany, to find ways to end the bloodletting in Syria and open channels of desperately needed humanitarian aid.

Russia, which is backing the Syrian government, is proposing a cease-fire to begin March 1. After days of bombing runs that U.S. officials say have killed civilians and moderate U.S.-backed rebels, Moscow has given its ally a clear military advantage.

The suspicion is that Russia would prefer a cease-fire to begin three weeks from now in order to provide time to finish crushing the rebels and return the besieged city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest, to President Bashar Assad’s...

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