U.S., Russia continue to exchange charges amid effort to salvage cease-fire

The Washington Post:  UNITED NATIONS — Just as Secretary of State John F. Kerry was telling Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov late Thursday that the only way to salvage Syria’s collapsed cease-fire was to immediately ground the Syrian air force, his chief of staff handed Kerry his BlackBerry.

The Syrian government, Kerry read in a headline, had just announced a new offensive against surrounded rebels and civilians in eastern Aleppo.

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