Diplomacy is being stepped up to try to reach a consensus on how to proceed on Syria.
Representatives of the Syrian opposition and President Bashar al-Assad's regime are meeting in Astana for a sixth round of talks. They are hoping to secure a ceasefire, but how far off is a lasting peace agreement?
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.
A monitor has reported that dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds injured by a "toxic gas" attack in northwestern Idlib province. The Syrian government had vowed to destroy its stock of chemical weapons in 2013.
On the sidelines of the G20 summit, the United States and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire for parts of Syria. Jordan has confirmed that it is party to the accord, which is scheduled to begin at the weekend.
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