Going into an emergency weekend meeting he called on the crisis in Syria, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan says he is "optimistic" and believes the talks will end "with an acceptable result." That's despite Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov's continuing opposition to the international community imposing a political transition. In an interview with Iranian TV, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to "annihilate terrorists" and said outside interference would not be allowed, even from its allies.
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