Join talks, Assad foes told

Death toll reported at 697 in Syrian rebel-on-rebel fighting

Posted: January 13, 2014 at 4:57 a.m.

PARIS — Syria’s Western-backed opposition came under steely pressure Sunday to attend peace talks in just over a week as envoys from 11 countries converged for two days of meetings to help restore, and test, credibility of a rebel coalition sapped by vicious infighting and indecision. But diplomacy’s limits were starkly apparent in Syria, where activists said rebel-on-rebel clashes have killed nearly 700 people in the deadliest bout of infighting since the civil war began.

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