Syrian opposition to meet to decide whether to join peace talks

AMMAN (REUTERS) - Syria's opposition coalition will meet in Istanbul on May 23 to decide whether to participate in a US and Russian-sponsored conference to try to end the Syrian civil war, coalition officials said on Sunday.

The conference will also elect a new head of the Western and Gulf-backed coalition, and discuss the fate of provisional prime minister Ghassan Hitto, who has come under heavy criticism, the sources said.