|In a new effort to halt more than a year of bloodshed in Syria, President Obama will push for the departure of President Bashar al-Assad under a proposal modeled on the transition in another strife-torn Arab country, Yemen. The success of the plan hinges on Russia, one of Mr. Assad's staunchest allies, which has strongly opposed his removal.
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