Kuwait is hosting an international donor conference to secure aid for Syrian refugees. The UN says it needs at least one billion dollars over the next six montnhs.
Asma al-Assad grew up in London, went to elite schools and had a promising career. Then, as wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, she became a beacon of hope for Syria.
US and Russian officials have addressed the rising tensions in Syria, as the war enters a critical new phase. Washington and Moscow-backed military groups are both set on securing the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Pentagon and US allies in Syria claim Russian jets bombed an area occupied by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The Kremlin denied the allegation, saying it had no incentive to bomb the pro-Western alliance.
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