The old city's castle has reopened. It had been a base for Syrian government troops during the devastating battle with opposition forces. Elsewhere in Aleppo, people struggle to eat, drink and stay warm.
Three buses and 5,000 pieces of soap: Berlin has employed the full scope of its open-minded nature to react to the horrors of the war in Syria. But not everyone is enthused, says DW columnist Gero Schliess.
Russia's military force in Syria could be significantly reduced before the end of the year. The chief of the Russian military general staff said, however, that some military structures would be retained.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Syrian ground troops have been battling to take back the last urban area held by "Islamic State" (IS). Airstrikes and artillery have reportedly killed dozens.
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