Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

US WORKS WITH RUSSIA ON SYRIA [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

US WORKS WITH RUSSIA ON SYRIA [Derived Headline]

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US WORKS WITH RUSSIA ON SYRIA

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today that the United States and Russia are committed to trying again to get President Bashar Assad's regime and the rebel opposition to talk about a political transition in Syria, setting aside a year and a half of U.S.-Russian disagreements that have paralyzed the international community.

Ms. Clinton stressed, however, that the U.S. would insist once again that Mr. Assad's departure be a key part of that transition.

In her first comments on the surprise three-way diplomatic talks held Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.N. peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Ms. Clinton said Washington and Moscow agreed to support a new mediation effort Mr. Brahimi would lead. She called Thursday's discussions "constructive," while adding that much work remained and suggesting that neither side shifted its fundamental position.

Meanwhile, the rebels declared Damascus International Airport a "legitimate target" today in a bid to cut off regime supplies, as clashes between government troops and rebels forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this week.

Fighting around the Syrian capital and the airport has intensified in recent days.

The rebels issued a stern warning to the regime and travelers planning to use the country's main airport, just a few miles south of the capital. Loss of control of the airport would be a major blow to the regime.

NURSE WHO WAS PRANK VICTIM FOUND DEAD

LONDON -- A nurse who fell victim to a prank telephone call seeking information about the Duchess of Cambridge has died, King Edward VII hospital said today.

The hospital said Jacintha Saldanha took the hoax call by two Australian radio disc jockeys who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to elicit information on Kate Middleton. …

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