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Syria peace talks to go ahead without Iran

The United Nations has withdrawn its invitation to Iran to attend this week's Syria peace talks after the Syrian political opposition threatened to pull out. The UN said Iran did not believe in its goal of establishing a transitional governing body.

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Syrian government jet delayed in Athens over fuel row

A Syrian government delegation heading to peace talks in Switzerland was held up for hours in Athens after a Greek firm refused to refuel the plane they were travelling in.

Vassilis Alevizopoulos, head of Greece's Civil Aviation Workers Union, said a fuel firm had refused to refuel it because of European Union sanctions against Syria.

Syrian state television issued a terse statement saying the four-hour delay could cause foreign minister Walid al-Moualem to miss his meeting with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon. It said the plane had later resumed its flight.

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