After a brief break in the fighting, Syrian warplanes are pounding the capital Aleppo in an attempt to recapture the war-torn city after years under rebel control. The UN is demanding a ceasefire.
More than two years after joining the conflict, the Russian president has announced Moscow's partial departure. But he warned that "if terrorists again raise their head," Russia will deliver strikes "they haven't seen."
The UN's top mediator has urged the Russian president to push Damascus to accept new elections. Staffan de Mistura warned that time is ticking and failure to move forward on peace talks risks the country's future.
The UN says 137 children under siege in the rebel-held suburb of Eastern Ghouta require immediate evacuation. Five children there are reported to have already died from a lack of medical care.
With Moscow's backing, the Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. But as another round of UN talks prepare to start in Geneva, heavy shelling in the area killed three on Tuesday.
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