It's Syria's best hope for peace in years: For now, a UN-backed ceasefire that came into effect at midnight seems to be largely holding. Should it prove successful, peace talks would resume on March 7, says UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura.
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?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a North Korean letter to parliament "basically a rant" against Donald Trump. Turnbull praised China, saying the letter showed that fresh sanctions were hitting Pyongyang hard.
A new safe zone would be a fourth of its kind, which Russian, Iranian and Turkish officials claim led to a decline in violence in Syria. But any comprehensive and long-lasting peace will require the weight of the UN.
The Turkish military has entered Syria's Idlib province to implement a "de-escalation" deal with Russia and Iran. The Kurds say they are the real target.
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