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Syrian Government and Opposition to Meet for the First Time Since Civil War Began

Syrian Government and Opposition to Meet for the First Time Since Civil War Began
Syria's government and opposition will meet for the first time in an attempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people, the United Nations said Monday. Previous attempts to bring the two sides together have failed, mainly because of disputes over who should represent the opposition and the government, Syrian President Bashar Assad's future role in the country, and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers should be at the table.
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John Heilprin
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UN Inspectors Begin Efforts to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

UN Inspectors Begin Efforts to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons
Inspectors entrusted with the enormous task of overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles began their mission Monday, flying to Lebanon en route to Syria, where their first priority will be to help the country scrap its ability to manufacture such arms by a Nov. 1 deadline. Syria's Foreign Minister said the government refuses to sit down for talks with members of the main Western-backed opposition groups, putting a damper on U.S.-Russian efforts to hold a peace conference with the two sides by mid-November.
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Albert Aji
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Complete Video of Obama's UN Speech on Syria: 'This Body Continues to be Tested'

Complete Video of Obama's UN Speech on Syria: 'This Body Continues to be Tested'
President Obama calls for UN action to back up the agreement reached to remove chemical weapons from Syria. Full video and transcript of the speech is available on the jump.
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Two Million Syrian Children Lack Food, Six People Died of Starvation in Damascus This Week

Two Million Syrian Children Lack Food, Six People Died of Starvation in Damascus This Week
With the world's attention on Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, international aid organizations and opposition groups are warning of widespread food shortages across the country, especially in besieged rebel-held enclaves near the capital. Save the Children said in an appeal released Monday that more than 2 million Syrian children could not obtain enough food, and activists told The Associated Press that six people have died of starvation in the suburbs of Damascus in the past days, including an 18-month old baby.
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Barbara Surk
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Kerry Rejects Assad's 30-Day Timetable

Kerry Rejects Assad's 30-Day Timetable
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is rejecting Syrian President Bashar Assad's suggestion Thursday that he begin submitting data on his chemical weapons arsenal one month after signing an international chemical weapons ban.
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Assad: US Threats 'Hadn't Influenced' Decision to Surrender Chemical Weapons

Assad: US Threats 'Hadn't Influenced' Decision to Surrender Chemical Weapons
Syrian President Bashar Assad says his government has agreed to surrender its chemical weapons in response to Russia's initiative and not because of the U.S. threat of attack.
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The Under-Reported Effect of Climate Change on Syria's Civil War

The Under-Reported Effect of Climate Change on Syria's Civil War
Desperation after a five year drought in Syria had agriculturalists tapping wells with a demand far above mother nature's supply. The results? Crop failures reached 75 percent, an estimated 85 percent of live stock perished, a large number of farmers abandoned their farms in search of non-existent inner-city jobs...and one civil war that might just ignite global warfare.
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Syria Says It Accepts Russian Weapons Proposal

Syria Says It Accepts Russian Weapons Proposal
Syria has accepted a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for dismantling, the Syrian foreign minister said Tuesday, amid a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at averting Western military action.
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Russia Pushing Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons

Russia Pushing Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons
The Russian foreign minister says Moscow will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control. Sergey Lavrov said Monday that if such a move would help avert a possible U.S. strike on Syria, Russia will start work "immediately" to persuade Syria to relinquish control over its chemical arsenals.
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Vladimir Isachenkov
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Simply Dropping Missiles Is No Solution to Syria Crisis

Simply Dropping Missiles Is No Solution to Syria Crisis
Dropping Missles Won't Solve A Complex Problem in Syria
There are complex issues going on in Syria and the United States cannot drop bombs as a means to solve them...
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