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Kerry Seeks Path to Calm in Syria

In this March 9, 2016, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington. The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel Tuesday to leave posts in southern Turkey due to “increased threats from terrorist groups” in the country.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this March 9, 2016, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington. The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel Tuesday to leave posts in southern Turkey due to “increased threats from terrorist groups” in the country. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

GENEVA—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has opened a second day of talks in Geneva aimed at finding a way to restore at least a...

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