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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bitterness of Syrian war on display at talks

A U.N. security person tries to control journalists who jumped out of their chairs to get their questions answered by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Montreux, Switzerland. The bitterness and rancor stirred by Syria's civil war were on full display this week, both inside and outside the sealed room where rival delegations were seeking a way to end the conflict. In the hallways of the U.N.'s European headquarters and on the manicured lawns outside, tempers flared between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad.