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Nov 13, 10:44 AM EST

Kerry in Vienna for critical Syria meeting

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VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Vienna for a critical international diplomatic meeting on the crisis in Syria.

Kerry is to see the foreign ministers of Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as the U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday evening ahead of broader talks with top diplomats from roughly 20 nations on Saturday.

They are hoping to plot a way forward for a cease-fire and political transition in Syria to end the country's devastating war but must overcome deep differences to do so.

The meetings come amid new pushes against Islamic State group extremists in Syria and Iraq.

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