Syria talks in disarray before they begin

Jan 21, 2014, 7:40 AM EST
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media at an end-of-year press conference on December 16, 2013 at UN headquarters in New York City.
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Syria peace talks were in disarray on Tuesday before they began, buffeted by a botched U.N. invitation to Iran, an explosion in Beirut and new evidence that appears to show Bashar al-Assad's government has tortured and killed thousands.

 

Background:

Syria talks in disarray before they begin [Reuters]

Syrian opposition could withdraw from talks [CNN]

U.S. tells U.N. to withdraw Iran invitation [NYTimes]

Assad expects to run again, rejects power deal [AFP]