Russia and the US say they've agreed on a provisional ceasefire in Syria that would take effect on Saturday. Not all weapons would fall silent. Jihadist groups like Islamic State and the al Nusra Front will continue to be targeted.
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.
Turkey and Russia have developed a proposal for a ceasefire in Syria aimed at paving the way for political talks. Much remains unclear about the proposed talks in Kazakhstan.
Syrian peace talks in Astana have concluded with Russia, Turkey and Iran striking a deal on a trilateral mechanism to safeguard the ongoing ceasefire. However, Syrian rebels have criticized ongoing government offensives.
The truce in Syria continued to hold up on its second day despite reports of minor violations. The Russian government counted 23 breaches of the ceasefire in its first 24 hours, it was reported.
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