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.
A global disarmament plan from "hand grenades to H-bombs" has been unveiled in Geneva by UN chief Antonio Guterres. He warned that a single human error with old or new arms could eliminate "entire cities."
Russian President Putin said the Syrian military's successes have created conditions for "the start of a political process on a major scale." Syria's Assad said progress would be made in the Astana peace talks.
Tens of thousands of children are believed to have lost limbs in air raids in Syria. They are victims of a war they cannot begin to understand — children like Majida of eastern Aleppo. Julia Hahn reports from Gaziantep.
The two leaders discussed Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel was critical on press and cultural freedom as well as a ceasefire breach in Ukraine.
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