Syria opposition makes new push for transition

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressing the new parliament in DamascusSyria’s opposition on Wednesday made a fresh call for a transition to democracy without President Bashar al-Assad, as France threw its support behind new Russia-US talks aimed at ending the war. The opposition’s proposal during one-day talks in London came as the world’s chemical weapons watchdog said it was “disturbed” by the alleged use of toxic chemicals in the battleground city of Aleppo. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry, whose countries back opposing sides in the brutal civil war, will meet Thursday and Friday in Geneva to try to reach a deal on cooperation in Syria.

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