Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry's agreement on Syria has led to talk of an improvement in US-Russian relations. But observers say the change is a matter of style, not substance.
Washington's top diplomat has accused Moscow of breaching "its commitments" to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, following reports of a new attack near Damascus. Syria has dismissed the reports as "lies."
The UN rights chief has received reports that "toxic agents" were used during the latest government offensive. The failure to end the deadly war "marks an epic failure of global diplomacy," the UN official said.
The investigation follows fresh reports of sarin being used in the war-torn country. Last April, the US launched an airstrike against Syria's government after more than 80 were killed in a sarin attack in a rebel town.
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.
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