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Long-Sought Syrian Peace Talks Begin

Delegations from more than 30 countries, the United Nations and the opposing sides in Syria's nearly three-year civil war are meeting Wednesday in Switzerland for the first stage of long-awaited peace talks.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference in Montreux saying the challenge of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis is "formidable," but that having the Syrian parties present raises hope.The idea for the conference first emerged in May of last year, and...

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