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Middle East
4:12 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cynical Syrians Dismiss Peace Talks As Irrelevant

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:29 am

From a health center on the Syrian-Turkish border full of wounded fighters and civilians, the peace talks in Geneva seem a long way away. Some dismiss them as totally irrelevant to the conflict, saying none of the participants represent them. Others welcome anything that looks like it might bring peace closer.

Middle East
4:12 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Deadly Explosions Rattle Cairo

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:29 am

There have been three deadly explosions in Cairo on Friday. First, a car bomb targeted Egypt police headquarters in the heart of Cairo. The bombings come on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising.

Middle East
4:12 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Negotiations Begin At Syrian Peace Talks In Geneva

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:29 am

After the formal opening of the Syria peace conference in the Swiss resort of Montreux, government and opposition representatives begin negotiations Friday at United Nations headquarters in Geneva. International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is mediating the talks.

Europe
4:12 am
Fri January 24, 2014

'Grammar Guerrillas' Correct Cambridge Street Signs

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:29 am

In England, when Cambridge removed apostrophes from its street signs, grammarians were aghast. The city council said apostrophes could confuse people. But the apostrophes have re-appeared — inked by what the Daily Mail calls "Grammar Guerrillas."

Parallels
2:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals

Shoppers at a department store in Sochi, Russia, pass an information banner with photos of suspected terrorists wanted by police. The color photo shows Ruzanna Ibragimova, the 22-year-old widow of an insurgent. Police say she has been spotted in recent days in central Sochi.
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Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 7:51 pm

Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi.

The suspects are thought to be linked to Islamist militants who are fighting to throw off Russian control and create a fundamentalist Muslim state in Russia's North Caucasus Mountains.

Police have been circulating leaflets at hotels in Sochi, warning about women who may be part of a terrorist plot.

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