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John Kerry to meet with Syrian fighters

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry will depart Sunday on a nine-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East, where he plans to meet with members of the Syrian opposition and huddle with foreign leaders on a series of other thorny issues from the civil war in Mali to continued instability in Egypt.

The maiden overseas voyage for the new secretary of state, from Feb. 24 to March 6, will offer Kerry the opportunity to reacquaint himself with foreign leaders, including some of the closest US allies.

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