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Smoke rises from the modern city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate, Syria April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian forces have helped remove more than 1,500 mines in the Syrian city of Palmyra since it was taken from Islamic State militants by government forces in March, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

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