Syria Peace Conference: Arab League says international peace conference set for 23 November
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The head of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby has said an international conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war could be held in Geneva in late November. The announcement comes after weeks of diplomacy bring the opposing sides to the negotiating table. Elaraby said the Geneva conference, which the US and Russia have been trying to convene for several months, would be held on November 23rd and 24th. Many rebel fighters on the ground flatly refuse to negotiate with the regime, and the government is still refusing to talk with leaders of the armed opposition. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels over the weekend drove a truck with more than a ton of explosives into a government post at the eastern entrance of Hama. Another truck carrying gasoline cylinders was caught up in the explosion, triggering a series of blasts.