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    Annan ‘Optimistic’ on Syria Talks

    Syrians gather at the scene of two huge bomb explosions outside the Palace of Justice in Central Damascus on June 28, 2012.  A police source told AFP on condition of anonymity that two magnetic bombs exploded in two judges' cars in the open-air car park, while a third was in the process of being defused. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Haven’t we gone through this before? Kofi Annan, special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab Leauge, said Friday that he was “optimistic” that crisis talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday would produce “an acceptable result.” Russia is once again blocking a plan by proposing amendments refusing to support the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the U.S., Britain, and France rejected the changes. Assad said Thursday that Syria will not accept any foreign interventions that seek to end the 16-month-old uprising against him.

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