Western and Middle Eastern leaders are working to unite Syria's divided opposition. But Syrian's Bashar al-Assad has already put the brakes on any hopes for a deal.
In a last-ditch push for peace in Syria, UN officials are hosting peace talks between the Damascus regime and the opposition. The Vienna talks are scheduled just days ahead of Russia's rival peace summit.
The rebel-held town of Nashabiyah in Syria has received its first humanitarian aid convoy since November 2017. But the UN Syria envoy underlined that an uptick in fighting has made the situation "violent and worrying."
The Turkish offensive on Kurdish militias in the Syrian border city Afrin has raised the question of how the Assad regime will react. Will Damascus intervene to protect the city's Kurds from the Turkish operation?
The eighth round of UN-sponsored talks on Syria since 2012 is set to get underway in Geneva, though the Assad regime has not yet named a delegation. Talks hosted by Russia have led to hopes there may be a breakthrough.
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