New Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said he is willing to mediate in peace talks between the Syrian government and rebel fighters. But the opposition has rejected the proposal from one of Assad's closest allies.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, recently said the key to India becoming a permanent member of the UNSC is "not to touch the veto." But why would New Delhi and other aspirants accept such a position?
The chemical weapons watchdog OPCW said sarin was used in an attack on a northern Syrian town five days before the banned nerve agent killed dozens in Khan Sheikhoun, prompting global outrage.
War parties have staged 500 attacks on schools in 20 countries in the first half of 2017, according to the United Nations. The UN special representative for children has said attacks appeared to be on the rise.
While the international community is focused on resolving crises in Syria and Iraq, the conflict in Yemen is not receiving much attention. The war-ravaged country will have a million cholera cases by the end of year.
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