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Syria Talks Move to Crucial Stage

Senior representatives of the Syrian government and opposition are expected to hold their first direct talks after nearly three years of bitter fighting on Friday, when they gather with a mediator at the United Nations' European headquarters. The delegations spent Thursday in separate talks with the U.N. and Arab League mediator, veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi.  He said he hoped to get to the point where they would hold direct talks by late Friday. The two...

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