Rebel fighters (C & R) walk with an unidentified gunman in the town of Babbila, a suburb of Damascus, during a cease fire agreement between the group controlling the town and the regime on February 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO /LOUAI BESHARA
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The United States accused Damascus on Monday of paralysing Geneva peace talks, while Russia said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward a military, not a negotiated, outcome to a civil war whose death toll exceeds 140,000 .U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he was considering new ways to pressure Assad, but gave no details.Moscow seemed to help Syrian government negotiators resist discussion of a transitional governing body for Syria at the Geneva talks last week by endorsing their demands that tackling "terrorism" should top the agenda.Kerry derided the Syrian government's insistence that terrorism should be the main focus of the Geneva peace talks.The Geneva talks were initiated by Lavrov and Kerry, who jointly announced in May that they would seek to bring Assad's government and its opponents together to seek a solution.
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