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Syrian Talks at Impasse

Syria's main opposition group says peace talks with the government have hit a "dead end" after days of talks in Geneva without any breakthroughs.

Opposition spokesman Louay Safi Friday blamed what he calls the government's "belligerence.'' Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad said the opposition has an "unrealistic agenda.''

The opposition wants to discuss setting up a transitional government that would likely exclude President Bashar al-Assad. The government says the focus must be fighting terrorism - the term Damascus uses when discussing rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama said late Friday a "diplomatic solution" must be found for Syria. The president said while he does not think a solution will be reached in the near future, "some immediate steps" will be taken to "apply more pressure to the Assad regime."



The president made the comments while meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah in California.

In Syria, opposition activists said a car bomb blew up outside a mosque in the rebel-held village of Yadouda Friday, killing at least 29 people.

Syrian government television also reported the blast, but gave no details.

Also Friday, the U.N. Security Council continued discussions on a draft resolution that, among other things, expresses "grave alarm" over civilians trapped by Syrian forces.

Russia is threatening a veto, calling it too one-sided against the Syrian government.

U.N. emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos says getting aid to desperate civilians in Syria should not be a matter of controversy or politics.

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