A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 19, 2014 shows a man being evacuated from the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA
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Syria's main opposition body, the National Coalition, will not attend peace talks in Switzerland scheduled for this week unless the United Nations retracts its invitation to Iran by 1900 GMT on Monday, a senior coalition member said.Late on Sunday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited Iran to the conference, dubbed "Geneva 2", prompting the Coalition to quickly issue an ultimatum, on which it has now set a time limit. The National Coalition has been under immense pressure from the international community to attend the talks aimed at ending the conflict in which more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.
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