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Kerry seeks support for Syrian peace talks

ROME — As new reports of sectarian atrocities flowed from Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned leaders in Europe and the Middle East on Wednesday to lay the ground for a conference between rebels and the Syrian government, sponsored by the United States and Russia, that he hoped would begin within a month.

Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov, announced a new diplomatic effort to end the 2-year-old Syrian conflict after intense discussions on Tuesday in Moscow.

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