Syria antagonists in 'half-steps' of peace talks

Anas al-Abdeh, center, a member of the Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main political opposition group, is surrounded by journalists after a meeting with a delegation of the Syrian government at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. The Syrian government and the country's opposition held direct talks on Saturday for the first time since they entered into a war three years ago, the UN said. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. mediator trying to broker peace after three years of civil war in Syria said the agreement by the antagonists to face each other at peace talks for the first time Saturday is an accomplishment to be measured in “half-steps.”

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