U.S., Russia Start Syria Negotiations Amid Threat to Peace Talks

  • Kerry, Lavrov need agreement on which groups are `terrorist'
  • UN-sponsored peace talks scheduled to start next week

Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry. Photographer: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

The top U.S. and Russian diplomats began talks in Zurich Wednesday to try to bridge divisions over which belligerents in Syria’s five-year civil war should be labeled “terrorist,” an issue that threatens to hold up the start of peace talks.

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