Peace envoy heads to Syria to meet Assad

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International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was to head to Syria on Sunday and expected to meet President Bashar al-Assad a day later, airport sources in Lebanon said. Brahimi arrived in Beirut International Airport on Sunday afternoon from Cairo and was to head to the Syrian capital Damascus by car, the sources said. Damascus airport has been almost completely shut down due to fighting nearby between rebels and Assad’s forces.