Oct. 20 - Syria's state TV reports that a suicide truck bomb killed at least 30 people in the central city of Hama, as the Arab League announces possible dates for renewed peace talks in November. Mana Rabiee reports.
The aftermath of a suicide truck bomb in Syria, broadcast on state TV. At least 30 people were killed here on Sunday, dozens more wounded. It happened on the outskirts of Syria's central city, Hama. State media blamed rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Syria's rebels have been joined by hardline Islamists, some of them linked to al Qaeda. The bombing comes the same day the Arab League announced dates for renewed peace talks in Geneva, aimed at ending the protracted civil war. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby speaking in Cairo on Sunday: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ARAB LEAGUE, NABIL ELARABY, SAYING: "It was decided that the Geneva meeting would take place on November 23 and arrangements are being made to prepare for this conference. There are many arrangements to be made and many difficulties which must be overcome to make this conference possible." But there is confusion over the final date for the talks. The UN's international envoy for Syria said in the same news conference NO firm date has been set. Assad's government says it won't consider any peace deal that required the president to step down. Also unclear is who, if anyone, from Syria's divided opposition would attend. International efforts to end the 2-1/2 year long conflict have stuttered, and there is no firm end in sight to a war that's killed more than 100,000 people.