US Secretary of State John Kerry says progress is being made in Geneva toward an understanding on how to reduce the violence in Aleppo - which is not covered by the current truce - and revive a partial ceasefire that would cover the entire country.
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.
A partial ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia appears to have held in southwestern Syria. Government and opposition delegations holding a seventh round of UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.
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.
An international animal welfare charity has evacuated several animals stranded at a zoo in Aleppo. The animals had been neglected during the ongoing conflict in Syria.
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