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Dim Hopes for Breakthrough at Syrian Peace Talks

Russia and Iran are criticizing the United Nations for withdrawing Tehran's invitation to a long-awaited peace conference on Syria, even as delegates began to arrive in Switzerland for round of talks that few observers believe can succeed.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's last-minute decision to bar Iran from the talks a mistake, but not a disaster.Lavrov reaffirmed Russia's stance that Iran's presence was essential for the...

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