yrian opposition groups rejected a U.N.-brokered peace plan for a transition of power in Syria, "calling it ambiguous and a waste of time and vowing not to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad or members of his 'murderous' regime." During an international conference on Saturday, world leaders accepted U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan's (pictured) plan to institute a transitional government that would leave the door open for Assad to be a part of the interim administration — a notion that the opposition could not accept. Meanwhile, violence continued to escalate in the country, including a car bomb in the town of Zamalka that killed 85 people during a funeral procession.
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