The Russian foreign ministry says the use of force against Syria without a UN mandate would be a grave violation of international law. An attack on Syria would put severe strain on the West's relations with Russia.
Police in Munich have raided the home of a left-wing activist who posted the flag of Kurdish militia YPG to Facebook. The YPG has helped German intelligence and receives arms from the US military in Syria.
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.
Russia's Foreign Ministry has told the US to cut the number of its diplomats in Russia, responding to anti-Russian sanctions endorsed by the US Senate. Moscow accused the US of hiding behind "exceptionalism."
Syrian regime forces and moderate rebels have agreed to a ceasefire north of the city of Homs. The "de-escalation" zone created there will be monitored by Russian troops, and is the third of four planned "safe" areas.
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