U.S., Russia, other big powers to meet on Syria in NY

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By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Envoys from the five permanent U.N. Security Council member states will meet in New York on Wednesday to discuss plans to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, U.N. diplomats said. U.S., French and British diplomats were meeting before then to continue discussions on a possible draft U.N. Security Council resolution. An initial French draft called for giving the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an ultimatum to give up its chemical arsenal or face punitive measures, a text that Russia has said is unacceptable. ...