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Syrian planes pound rebel town near Lebanon border

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 12, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes pounded a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, activists said, as opposition leaders in Geneva called on Russia to put pressure on the government to prevent the faltering peace negotiations from collapsing.

A second round of talks that started in Geneva on Monday is mired in acrimony as government and opposition delegates hurl accusations back and forth, unable to agree on a common agenda.

The U.N. said a meeting between senior U.S. and Russian officials — who are backing the process — with U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will be held in Geneva on Thursday, a day before it was originally planned.

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