No breakthrough at Syria talks as violence rages

The Syrian war erupted in 2011 and has claimed more than 270,000 livesUS Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said the Syria contact group they co-chair had agreed to bolster a shaky ceasefire. United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said he could not invite Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the Syrian opposition back to peace talks without a “credible” ceasefire.

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