• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, standing next to the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, right, speaks to the media during a press briefing after their meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 2, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

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