Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
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United Nations human rights investigators on Syria said Tuesday that preparing prosecutions against war criminals should not be delayed until the end of the conflict, now entering its sixth year.The U.N. Commission of Inquiry, which has documented atrocities committed by all sides in the war, has compiled a confidential list of suspects and begun providing judicial assistance to authorities investigating foreign fighters. President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that "the main part" of Russia's armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition.
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