Assad fires official over talk to U.S.
Posted: October 30, 2013 at 5:23 a.m.
Syria’s president fired a deputy prime minister who met Western officials to discuss the possibility of holding a peace conference, saying the official acted without permission. The Tuesday decree was the latest blow to diplomatic efforts to get the country’s warring parties to the negotiating table.
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