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BBC's Jeremy Bowen in Damascus amid heavy shelling

13 September 2013 Last updated at 17:54 BST

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, have said their talks about Syria's chemical weapons could lead to a wider initiative to end the conflict.

However, BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen says there has been "exceptionally heavy shelling" in Damascus, making any peace settlement feel distant.