Syria talks end first round in deadlock

Jan 31, 2014, 6:49 AM EST
Opposition fighters guard a position in the Jubaila neighbourhood of Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on September 30, 2013 as the violence in the war torn country continued, with regime forces launching air raids in the provinces of Homs and Aleppo, and a car bomb exploding in Damascus province.
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A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up Friday with both sides in entrenched positions and the U.N. mediator expressing frustration that he had not even produced agreement for an aid convoy to rescue trapped civilians in a besieged city.
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