US President Barack Obama has been meeting with leading lawmakers to push for Congressional support of military action against Syria. Top Republicans have given their backing, but many of Obama's own Democrats have yet to signal they would vote yes.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
The presidents of Russia and the US spoke about the situation in Syria and a coordination of anti-terror efforts in a call that lasted for over an hour. Also on the agenda were the conflict in Ukraine and North Korea.
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has defied widespread calls to quit as president, telling the nation he would "preside" over his party’s next congress. This follows his dismissal as ZANU-PF leader by its central committee.
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.
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