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Negotiations off to tumultuous start

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MONTREUX, Switzerland — Peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria’s civil war got off to a rocky start today as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad’s future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they really begin.

The dispute over Assad cast a pall over the start of an international peace conference that aims to map out a transitional government and ultimately a democratic election for the war-torn nation.

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