Last week, something happened in Syria that hadn't occurred in the last five years: peace. Or at least, something pretty close to it. DW#s Yalda Zarbakhch has chosen this photo as #DWmypic of the week - find out why.
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.
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.
The EU's foreign policy chief has called on Russia to protect civilians in Syria. Aleppo's city council president made an in-person appeal to leaders at the EU summit, calling for an end to the "bloodbath" there.
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has called on the UN to intervene in Syria to stop the aerial bombardment of Aleppo. As the latest ceasefire falls apart, fears rise that both sides will look to rearm.
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