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UN envoy to Syria announces ceasefire deal

Holiday truce is surrounded by uncertainty

BEIRUT — Lakhdar Brahimi, the envoy trying to broker a peace deal in Syria, announced a seemingly unlikely cease-fire on Wednesday between the two sides to mark the main Muslim holiday of the year, and the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed his effort.

Numerous do-it-yourself aspects of the plan, notably its voluntary nature, immediately called into question whether it would quiet any fighting.

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