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Ban boots Iran out of Syria peace talks

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UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday abruptly excluded Iran from this week's Syria peace conference after it refused to back calls for a transitional government to end the country's war. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon waves to the press after his Syria peace conference announcement at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on January 19, 2014

Ban withdrew a surprise invitation to Iran less than 24 hours after it had been made, bidding to save the talks which start in the Swiss town of Montreux on Wednesday.

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