1. Russia Not Optimistic on Syria Talks

    Rebel soldiers stands guard inside a building in the northern Syrian city Aleppo on December 6, 2012. Fighting erupted in the Aleppo district of Bustan al-Basha as troops advanced for the first time into the stronghold of Islamist militants, a military source and resident told AFP. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Russia and the United States are holding talks with international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi aimed at resolving the Syria crisis, but Russia’s foreign minister said on Friday that he is not “optimistic” they will succeed. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that officials will meet “for a brainstorm and an exchange of opinions on how to move forward toward a resolution,” but added, “I would not make optimistic predictions … It remains to be seen what will come of this.” Lest anyone get overexcited, he added that all parties understand the chances of success are “far from 100 percent.”

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