Ban Ki-moon

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Iran's role in Syria peace talks throws discussions into disarray

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his last minute invitation for Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday. Aryn Baker, Time Magazine's Middle East bureau chief, says the rebels argued for Iran to be "uninvited" to the talks because Tehran was unwilling to back the creation of a transitional government in Syria.

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UN says, flat out, chemical weapons used in Syria

Chemical weapons were used in Syria, a new U.N. report said Monday, but stopped short of blaming either side for their use. As Russia and the United States haggle over the language of a deal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile, it's just one more piece of the puzzle.