Sleep-starved diplomats craft Syrian deal from near scratch; a policy change, a surprise plan

  • by: MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 11:50 AM

GENEVA — Here's what it took to produce Saturday's U.S.-Russian deal on Syria's chemical weapons: three days of intense, tough, round-the-clock negotiating spurred by an abrupt U.S. policy change based on a surprise Russian proposal, according to American officials involved in the talks.

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