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Russia says no final deal on Syria safe zones

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN: Russia, Turkey and Iran failed at peace talks on Wednesday to hammer out details including the boundaries and policing of four safe zones in war-torn Syria, Moscow's chief negotiator said. Russian delegation head Alexander Lavrentiev said after the end of the latest two-day negotiations in Kazakhstan that documents outlining how the four zones should work "need finalising" despite being "essentially agreed" between the three key powerbrokers. Moscow and Tehran, which back Syrian President Bashar…

Trump to order plan for Syria ‘safe zones’ – document

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is expected to order the Pentagon and the State Department in coming days to craft a plan for setting up “safe zones” for refugees in Syria, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday, a move that could risk escalation of U.S. military involvement in Syria’s civil war. The draft executive order awaiting Trump's signature signalled the new administration may be preparing a step that his predecessor Barack Obama long resisted, fearing the potential for being pulled deeper into…