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Assad has taken Russia ‘hostage,’ and what comes next could be ‘the worst this war has seen’

Natasha Bertrand, Syrian President Bashar Assad is growing only more defiant as negotiators prepare to descend on Geneva once again in an attempt to broker the terms of a political transition and end the five-year civil war. The opposition’s central demand heading into the negotiations is that the embattled Assad relinquish his hold on power and

Israel fires back at U.S. envoy over peace talks’ failure

 Israel fired back on Friday at a senior U.S. official, who blamed Jewish settlement construction in part for the breakdown of peacemaking with the Palestinians, saying he himself had done nothing to help the negotiations. The blunt riposte signaled continued, deep tensions between Israel and Washington over the U.S.-led talks, which collapsed last month amid