US, Russia take Syria battle to new heights

NEW YORK: The United States and Russia are taking their differences over the conflict in Syria to new heights, after trading ferocious allegations of duplicity and malfeasance at the United Nations Security Council.

After a fractious meeting Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are set to duel again over Syria at a gathering of the roughly 20 nations that have an interest in Syria. Thursday's meeting of the International Syria Support Group comes after the pair blamed each other for spoiling Syria's cease-fire that they'd agreed to earlier this month. Each has blamed the other for violations.

Kerry has called for all warplanes to halt flights over aid routes, while Lavrov has suggested a possible three-day pause in fighting to get the truce back on track.