Fears of a US-Russia conflict recede as Trump, Moscow and Macron dial back the rhetoric – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS BEIRUT — Fears that a major war could be imminent eased across the Middle East on Thursday after a flurry of tweets and statements by world leaders that suggested they are looking for ways to de-escalate the tensions of recent days. U.S.-led military strikes in retaliation for the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against a Damascus suburb last weekend remained a distinct possibility, but there were indications that efforts to head off a confrontation between global powers are gathering momentum. In Moscow, the Kremlin sought to tamp down fears of a conflict with the United...

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