Twenty killed in Syria, Assad meets Arab ministers

AMMAN - At least 20 people died in clashes and strikes paralyzed parts of Syria on Wednesday as President Bashar Assad held an inconclusive meeting with Arab ministers seeking to end months of violence.
Nine soldiers were killed by armed rebels and 11 civilians were killed by army gunfire, residents and anti-Assad activists said, as little emerged from a closely watched meeting between Assad and members of an Arab League committee on Syria.
The delegation leader, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, said the talks had been "cordial and frank" and that the ministers would meet Syrian officials again on Oct. 30 in either Doha or Damascus.