Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spurned any hopes of negotiations in the war in Syria, calling rebels terrorists. the international community responsed with concern and anger at Assad's speech, his first in public in more than half a year.
A spokesman for the German government has criticized Russia's offer of three-hour daily ceasefires in the Syrian city. But Moscow insists longer breaks will only help "terrorists" in the city.
Russia has said it launched strikes against the so-called "Islamic State" from air bases in Iran. It's a noticeable change of strategy for Moscow as it continues to aid the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Dozens of civilians have been killed in a wave of airstrikes by Syrian and Russian warplanes in northern Syria. Most of the deaths were in the embattled city of Aleppo, where rebels announced a new offensive.
At least 100 children have been killed in airstrikes and combat in Aleppo in August, a monitor reports. On Saturday the older brother of 5-year-old Omran, whose image shocked the world last week, became one of them.
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