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US-Russian ceasefire takes effect in southwest Syria

US-RUSSIAN CEASEFIRE TAKES EFFECT IN SOUTHWEST SYRIA

Cease-fire in southern Syria, brokered by US and Russia, goes into effect.

A ceasefire deal for southwestern Syria took effect at noon (0900 GMT) on Sunday, the latest international attempt at peacemaking in the country's six-year war.

The United States, Russia and Jordan reached a ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" on Friday meant to halt fighting between Syrian government forces and rebel groups in the southwest.

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