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UN Envoy Wants Syrian Cease-fire 'Back on Track'

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LONDON—U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said Tuesday he wants to get the two-month-old cessation of hostilities in Syria "back on track" as he met in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

 

The cease-fire between pro-government forces and rebel fighters went into effect in late February, leading to a dramatic drop in violence that has slowly eroded as both sides alleged repeated violations. The fighting has been worst around the northern city of Aleppo where government airstrikes and rebel shelling have killed hundreds of people during the past week.

 

Syrian state media said rebel rockets hit a hospital Tuesday in Aleppo, killing or wounding dozens of people.

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Vietnam War Debate Continues 50 Years Later

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an emotional keynote address at the Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. Kerry, who served in Vietnam and later protested against the war, briefly choked up as he spoke of the terrible price paid by many of those who served in the conflict, as well as the transformation in U.S.-Vietnam relations through trade ties and other areas of cooperation he said have made the two former enemies partners.

Kerry’s Vietnam veteran critics

But, just as controversy over the war continues, Kerry’s participation in the event was also met with some controversy. Some Vietnam veterans took issue with his role in the event, deriding him as someone who had turned his back on the cause for which they fought in Vietnam, namely saving South Vietnam from communist invaders.

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North Korea Appears to Have Failed in Missile Launch Attempt

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North Korea has apparently test-fired an intermediate-range missile that crashed seconds after takeoff, in what appears to be the second such failure in a matter of weeks.

South Korea's Defense Ministry reported the failed launch Thursday. The incident comes just before a high-profile party meeting next week in Pyongyang.

The South Korean Defense Ministry says North Korea is likely trying to launch its new Musudan midrange missile, which could be used to reach military bases in Asia and in the Pacific Ocean.

The launch comes as South Korea and the United States conduct annual joint military drills that North Korea has labeled a provocation.

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Hezbollah Develops New Skills in Syria, Posing Challenges for Israel

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When Hezbollah first intervened on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Israeli defense analysts saw the foray as a blessing — better to have their Lebanese arch-enemy entangled in a war in Syria. But there is increasing concern that Hezbollah is getting valuable battlefield experience in Syria, especially when it comes to large-scale, coordinated offensive operations, something the Shi’ite militia had little knowledge of before.

That practical experience could be of use in any subsequent conflict with Israel. Hezbollah commanders acknowledge the benefits.

“In some ways, Syria is a dress rehearsal for our next war with Israel,” a special forces Hezbollah commander admitted to VOA recently

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Russia Launches First Rocket From New Cosmodrome

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Russia has launched the first rocket from its new cosmodrome, Vostochny, after a one-day delay for technical reasons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to the far-east Russian location for the launch, and congratulated cosmodrome workers after the event - while also scolding them for the delay.

"Despite all its failings, Russia remains the world leader in the number of space launches," he said at a televised meeting following the launch.

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