Peace talks draw Syrian opposition, govt apart

Ahmad al-Jarba, leader of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Syria's main political opposition group, points his finger during a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Al-Jarba announced that the Syrian peace talk negotiations will be difficult and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now part of the past. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)GENEVA (AP) — The leader of Syria’s Western-backed opposition said Thursday he will give his negotiating team the authority it needs in any talks with President Bashar Assad’s government.

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