Hold Syrian peace talks soon, says U.N. chief

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By Darya Korsunskaya SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - A proposed international conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday, but no date has yet been agreed for a meeting that appears to face growing obstacles. Ban spoke as U.N. officials announced that the number of refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria, a conflict that has claimed the lives of 80,000 people over the past two years, had exceeded 1.5 million as conditions there deteriorate rapidly. ...