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Syrian government, opposition to meet

GENEVA (AP) — Delegations from Syria’s government and the Western-backed opposition hoping to overthrow it will face each other ‘‘in the same room’’ Saturday for the first time ever, a U.N. mediator said.

The mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, met separately with the two groups for two days, trying to broker peace — or at least a measure of common ground — in a civil war that has left at least 130,000 people dead.

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