A car bomb exploded near the headquarters of Syria's ruling party and the Russian Embassy on Thursday, with reports of dozens dead and wounded.
Russia has carried out its first airstrikes in southwest Syria in support of an Assad regime offensive. The battlefield space is one of the most geopolitically complex and explosive in the seven-year war.
The US-led coalition fighting the "Islamic State" has killed 100 people in an attack, unusually targeting fighters loyal to Bashar al-Assad. It said it was retaliating after the fighters attacked its Syrian allies.
The US ambassador to the UN has lambasted the organization following the failed ceasefire in Syria. She accused the Damascus government and its ally Russia of prolonging civilian suffering in rebel-held eastern Ghouta.
Pro-regime troops have launched a large-scale attack on the rebel-held eastern region of Ghouta, near Damascus. After years under siege, about 400,000 civilians are trapped between between starvation and bombings.
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