The Russian, Turkish and Syrian governments have announced a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, to begin at midnight local time. Russian president Putin says Russia and Turkey - who support opposing sides in the conflict - will guarantee the truce.
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.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
Representatives of numerous countries are meeting in Astana to try to reach a ceasefire in Syria. The diplomats are confronted with huge challenges, and will struggle to achieve even small successes.
In a visit to the border area, South Korea's Song Young-moo told North Korea to stick to the terms of the 1953 ceasefire. But since the dramatic defection of a soldier from the North, psychological warfare is raging.
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