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Kerry says US not abandoning peace efforts in Syria

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BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. isn't abandoning its pursuit of peace in Syria despite suspending U.S.-Russian talks on a cease-fire.

But he isn't outlining any new strategy to replace efforts with the Russians.

Kerry says Washington and Moscow will still discuss Syria as part of larger multilateral negotiations. And they'll make sure their warplanes in Syria don't cross paths.

But Kerry says the U.S. is outraged that Russia has turned a blind eye to the Syrian government's use of chlorine gas and barrel bombs.

He says Russia has rejected diplomacy and chosen to pursue a military victory over rebels.

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