Sides in Syrian war to sit down for talks

U.N. envoy arranges meeting today

Posted: January 25, 2014 at 5:08 a.m.

U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi listens during a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. After three days of escalating rhetoric _ and a day spent assiduously avoiding contact within the United Nations _ the two sides will meet in the same room, said the U.N. mediator trying to forge an end to the civil war _ or at least a measure of common ground to stem a civil war that has left 130,000 people dead. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

GENEVA — United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appeared to have averted the collapse of peace talks Friday between Syria’s government and the opposition after a fraught first day, saying late in the afternoon that the two sides agreed to meet today.

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