U.N.: Syria peace talks to take place in Jan­uary

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GENEVA | Syria’s gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion will meet for the first time Jan. 22 in Geneva, in an at­tempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 peo­ple, the U.N. an­nounced Mon­day.

Pre­vi­ous at­tempts to bring the two sides to­gether have failed, mainly be­cause of dis­putes over who should rep­re­sent the Syr­ian op­po­si­tion and gov­ern­ment, Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s fu­ture role in the coun­try, and whether Iran, Saudi Ara­bia and other pow­ers should be at the ta­ble.

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Dur­ing nearly 12 years of le­gal dis­putes and po­lit­i­cal bat­tles, the U.S. has put off de­cid­ing the fate of mil­i­tants held at Guan­tanamo Bay. Now, the Au­tho­riza­tion for the Use of Mil­i­tary Force, which al­lowed the U.S. mil­i­tary to in­vade Afghanistan to pur­sue, de­tain and pun­ish ex­trem­ists linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, at­tacks may ex­pire.

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