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Syrian Peace Talks End Amid Fresh Wave of Violence

A sharp escalation in violence in Syria, punctuated by an overnight airstrike on a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Aleppo, has given way to a grim reality: The cease-fire between the government and rebel forces has collapsed and peace talks to resolve the five-year civil war are at a standstill.

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Democrat’s Latest Pro-Israel Appeal Draws Friendly Fire

Ever since his vote last September for the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has bent over backwards to demonstrate his fervent support for the state of Israel through a variety of press releases, public speeches, personal meetings with Israeli leaders, and direct overtures to pro-Israel lobbyists.

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U.N. Envoy Revises Syria Death Toll to 400,000

A senior United Nations official said Friday that the five-year civil war in Syria has killed 400,000 people, a staggering figure that underscores the war’s carnage -- and is far higher than the previous U.N. toll of 250,000 calculated a year and a half ago.



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