New attempts are underway to bring the warring sides in Syria to the negotiating table. A summit will take place in Geneva in a few days. But Russia continues to support the Assad regime, and the US still insists on Assad's departure.
A global disarmament plan from "hand grenades to H-bombs" has been unveiled in Geneva by UN chief Antonio Guterres. He warned that a single human error with old or new arms could eliminate "entire cities."
Russian President Putin said the Syrian military's successes have created conditions for "the start of a political process on a major scale." Syria's Assad said progress would be made in the Astana peace talks.
Syria's president believes his country is caught up in a much larger conflict than its own civil war. He warned that "things are going to be out of control" if superpowers engage in direct conflict.
When Angela Merkel meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi, there will be new common ground to discuss: Germany and Russia both want to save the Iran deal. Beyond that, however, there are some serious differences.
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