A man reads a newspaper at a cafe in Damascus January 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)
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Exhausted by the devastating war that has asphyxiated Syria's capital, residents of Damascus pray that this week's Geneva II peace talks will produce a "miracle" that can silence the guns.Ahead of the talks, the army's bombardment of rebel-held suburbs of the city, and opposition mortar fire on its center, have been less frequent.Omar, a baker in Bab Touma, left the Palestinian Yarmouk camp south of the city about a year ago. He is delighted to have escaped the camp, which is mostly controlled by the opposition and has been under a regime siege that led to deaths from starvation among remaining residents.While many Damascus residents want nothing more than a return to normal life, others trumpet the regime line.
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