Syria Talks Get Off to Tough Start as Bombing Kills Dozens

January 31, 2016 4:53 PM

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Talks to end five years of war in Syria got off to a difficult start on Sunday, barely averting a boycott by President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents and clouded by a triple bombing outside Damascus that killed at least 45 people.

The attack took place in a mainly Shiite Muslim suburb of the capital, according to the official Syrian news agency SANA. Islamic State claimed responsibility, the Associated Press reported.

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