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Long-sought Syrian Peace Talks Set to Open

Delegations from more than 30 countries, the United Nations and the opposing sides in Syria's nearly three-year civil war are gathering Wednesday in Switzerland for the first stage of a long-awaited second round of peace talks.   The stated goal of the conference is for the Syrian government and rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad to agree on a transitional authority. The Syrian government has long insisted that Assad will not step down; that divide has cast doubt on...

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