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.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said Sweden will provide troops only if both Russia and the West agree. Western officials are considering deploying a force led by non-NATO nations in eastern Ukraine.
The UN has warned there will be "dire consequences" as a result of the humanitarian crisis if aid access is not granted. The international aid organization has outlined seven areas most in need of aid across Syria.
The UN rights chief has received reports that "toxic agents" were used during the latest government offensive. The failure to end the deadly war "marks an epic failure of global diplomacy," the UN official said.
A Syrian government offensive against the al-Qaida stronghold of Idlib and Turkish attacks on Kurdish forces in Afrin are creating a humanitarian crisis and massive displacement. The UN is calling for a ceasefire.
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