Syria puts 2nd round of peace talks on hold

After more than a week of negotiations aimed at ending its civil war, Syria's government refused Friday to commit to a date for the next round of peace talks and roundly dismissed the opposition's demand to transfer power away from President Bashar Assad.


The standoff over what comes after Assad – and the uncertainty over UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's proposed Feb. 10 date for a second round of peace talks – underscored the tremendous challenges in finding a way out of Syria's deadly impasse. (AP)