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The Syrian government and the opposition met face to face on Tuesday and observed a minute of silence for people killed in the three year conflict after a first round of talks last month failed to make significant progress, delegates said. Syrian state news agency SANA said the morning's joint session started with a minute's silence "for the souls of the martyrs of the village of Maan in rural Hama." Opposition spokesman, Monzer Akbik, said that Tuesday's session was still focused on discussing what the schedule for the week should be and said the two sides were arguing over the length and number of meetings. UN moderator Lakhdar Brahimi. It's France Day at the White House. President Obama formally welcomes French President Francois Hollande to the White House on Monday morning, starting a day that includes a string of meetings capped by a state dinner tonight. The American and French presidents conduct a joint news at mid-day. The state dinner will settle a long-standing question: Who will sit next to Hollande? Obama and Hollande informally opened the state visit Monday with a trip to Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, Virginia. A member of Thailand's Election Commission said it may prove impossible to complete this month's disrupted election and the whole vote may need to be re-run, implying many months more under a caretaker government with limited powers. Action by anti-government protesters meant voting was scrapped or halted in about a fifth of constituencies, so there will not be enough lawmakers elected to convene parliament to vote in a prime minister. Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn told Reuters in an interview that if the situation continues, "there is no way the election will be successful and we will not get the 95 percent of parliamentary seats needed." The Interfax news agency reported, that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, that a draft U.N. Security Council resolution aimed boost aid access to Syria was one-sided and detached from reality. Interfax reported,that Lavrov said those behind the draft were seeking to mount pressure on Russia and China by discussing their proposal with the media and urged the Security Council to instead ready a resolution condemning "terrorist activity" in Syria.

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