Iran joins key talks on Syria's fate

Syrian women walk through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on October 29, 2015Major powers, including arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia who back opposing sides in Syria, meet for the first time Friday in search of a political solution to the devastating war. Top diplomats from more than a dozen nations have gathered in Vienna to narrow differences over the fate of President Bashar al-Assad, who has defied Western demands to step down. In a sign of its growing diplomatic clout, Iran, a longtime sponsor of Assad’s regime, is joining the talks for the first time, months after striking a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

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