Middle East

Russia steps up diplomatic push for Syria peace talks

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, left, and political and media advisor to the Syrian President Bashar Assad, Bouthania Shaaban, foreground right, with other officials enter a hall in the Russian Foreign Ministry Building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 19, 2013, on page 1.




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