'Impasse' at talks on Syria power transfer

Jan 28, 2014, 2:31 AM EST
A rebel fighter scans the sky as he mans an anti-aircraft heavy machine gun in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 9, 2013. Syrian rebels retook a strategic base in the northern Aleppo province, as shelling killed at least 11 people in nearby Aleppo city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
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The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are deadlocked over the divisive issue of transferring power to a transitional government. The sides cannot agree on the future role of President Bashar al-Assad. U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said there "was apparently the will" to continue talks but "we never expected any miracles". He said there was no decision yet on allowing an aid convoy into besieged areas of the city of Homs.
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