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By Olzhas Auyezov and Suleiman Al-Khalidi ASTANA (Reuters) - Syria's warring sides met for talks for the first time in nine months on Monday, with frosty initial exchanges suggesting chances of a significant breakthrough were slim as the country's six-year-old conflict ground on. Both delegations said the focus was on the country's ceasefire, a fragile precursor to a wider political solution. A rebel source said opposition representatives planned to negotiate with the government side only via intermediaries.
ADEL, Ga. (AP) — A vast storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded mobile homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 19 lives during its two-day assault on the region.