• Russia calls for 48-hour extension of Syria truce

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    MOSCOW: Russia on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) called for a 48-hour extension of the Syria truce it brokered with the United States last week. Moscow “calls for the extension of the cessation of hostilities on all Syrian territory for 48 hours,” senior Russian military officer Viktor Poznikhir said in a briefing broadcast on state television. He added that rebels had violated the ceasefire 60 times since it came into force on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). “We also note that some groups controlled by the United States, such as Ahrar al-Sham, have openly stated their unwillingness to cease fire,” Poznikhir said.

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