星期一，联合国 - 阿拉伯国家联盟特使卜拉希米正在斡旋恢复谈判。这轮会谈延续上个月的首轮会谈。首轮会谈几乎没有取得进展，但卜拉希米称之为建设基础的“适度开端”。
Syrian Peace Talks to Resume in Geneva
Delegates from Syria's government and the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad are in Geneva for a second round of peace talks.
U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is mediating the negotiations resuming Monday. The talks follow an initial round last month that ended with little progress, but one that Brahimi called "a modest beginning" to build on.
Wide gaps remain on issues ranging from a potential transitional government to access for humanitarian aid in besieged areas.
The status of civilians in war-battered Homs was part of the initial round of talks, and last week Syria reached a three-day cease-fire agreement with the United Nations to allow aid into the city.
The governor of Homs, Talal Barazi, said 600 people were evacuated Sunday from rebel-held areas. Workers from the United Nations and Syrian Red Crescent rescued the large group.
Even so, eyewitness accounts said a number of women and children trying to leave the city were killed and wounded after being hit by mortar shells.
Thai Farmers Protest to Demand Rice Payments
Hundreds of farmers have rallied outside Thailand's Justice Ministry in the capital, Bangkok, to demand overdue payments for rice sold in a controversial rice subsidy program.
Protest leaders said Monday they also plan to march to the Defense Ministry, where caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has her temporary offices, to press her to take action on overdue payments.
Disruption by anti-government protesters of the February 2 snap election prevented voting from being completed in many locations. That means the government remains a caretaker administration with limited spending powers until vacant seats in parliament can be filled. And, the government has become involved in a dispute with the Election Commission over who has the power to set a new polling date.