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U.S., Russia Said to Team Up to Draft New Syria Constitution

  • Discussions at early stage; Russian ideas closer to Damascus
  • Syrian opposition says it opposes U.S.-Russian driven process
A ripped picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hangs in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa following days of fierce fighting on March 5, 2013.

A ripped picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hangs in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa following days of fierce fighting on March 5, 2013.

Photographer: Mohammad al-Hussein/AFP via Getty Images
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Russia and the U.S are working on drafting a new constitution for Syria, according to three Western and Russian diplomats, in the clearest sign yet of the two powers’ determination to broker a solution to a five-year civil war that has sent a wave of refugees toward Europe.

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