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Russia pledges more Syria raids, opposition sets truce terms

February 20
15:55 2016

Moscow pledged to continue backing the Syrian government in its fight against "terrorism", dashing hopes for a ceasefire the opposition said it would only back if the regime and its supporters hold fire. World powers have been pushing for a so-called cessation of hostilities to pave the way for renewed negotiations aimed at ending Syria's war nearly five years after it began. Efforts to find a political solution to Syria's civil war collapsed earlier this month, and UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has said a plan to restart them on February 25 was no longer "realistically" possible.

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