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(CNN) - A preliminary session of Syrian peace talks meant to end three years of bloodshed was an important "first, small step," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday after a morning of bitter exchanges.
Speaking to reporters after the first leg of talks, Ban said a "difficult road" lay ahead, but the time had come for negotiations.
(CNN) - Reports of terror threats against the Winter Olympics have many people wondering: Is it safe to go to Sochi?
Asked if there is a real terror threat and whether people should be worried, CNN national security analyst and former CIA operative Bob Baer said "Absolutely."
"American citizens are at risk in Russia either in the North Caucasus, in Sochi, Moscow, St. Petersburg. This group, mainly led by Chechens, is formidable," said Baer, referring to the group threatening to disrupt the Olympics.
(CNN) - Olympic officials discounted an e-mailed threat to the upcoming Winter Games in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday, but the reported warning raised new concerns about security at the events.
Olympic organizing committees in the United States and several European countries got an e-mailed warning of a terrorist attack against visitors to Sochi, where President Vladimir Putin's government has mounted a massive security effort to protect the events.