Syria ceasefire begins under U.S.-Russia deal

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The nationwide cessation of hostilities would be the first pause in fighting since Syria's civil war broke out in 2011Guns fell silent across Syria on Saturday after a landmark UN-backed ceasefire came into effect, as a special task force led by rivals Moscow and Washington prepared to begin monitoring the fledgling truce. Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was quiet in the north of Latakia province and in the central provinces of Homs and Hama. The nationwide cessation of hostilities is the first pause in five years of a civil war that has claimed more than 270,000 lives.

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