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Kicking off with a couple of international storiestoday on CNN STUDENT NEWS.

I'm Carl Azuz.

Welcome to the show.

Diplomats from around the world are gathered in Geneva, Switzerland.

But their focus is on the country in the Middle East.

Since 2011 Syria has been torn apart by a civil war.

More than 100,000 people have been killed, and more than 1.5 million Syrians have becomerefugees.

They've had to leave their homes.

The international meeting in Geneva isto try to find solutions, but officials aren't expecting a breakthrough.

For one thing, the U.S. wants other countries to help restore peace in Syria.

Syrian officials say this is a Syrian conflict, and it needs to stay that way.

Like the civil war itself, it's complicated, and why is this meeting happening in Switzerlandanyway?

Shaky hopes for Syria's peace on the stable and neutral ground of Geneva.

This Swiss city is known as the world's negotiating table, where a brute force and battles won'tgain any ground.

The international status of the city was cemented after World War I as the seat to the ill-fatedLeague of Nations.

Then again, after the Second World War in 1945, housing key departments of the newlyestablished United Nations.

From Vietnam to the Cold War to talks on the Balkans.

The conflicts of the 20th century left a mark here, in the search for peace.

One reason, Switzerland's famed neutrality allows Geneva to be a dispassionate arbitrator.

The city also name-dropped in the famous Geneva Conventions, the standard switch layoutinternational rules for human treatment in war time.

The Geneva Conventions and all other instruments of international humanitarian law must bescrupulously respected.

It's not just diplomats who gather here.

FIFA, the Red Cross,and the famously water-tight banks.

All the hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.

With 14 of the coveted Nobel Peace Prizes going to organizations and individuals from the citysynonymous with the world.

Becky Anderson, CNN, London.

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