Though airstrikes continue in some rebel-held areas of Syria, the official line is that the ceasefire is holding. Daily life appears to be returning to normal in most areas, and hope is that the tenuous ceasefire will signal the end of the war.
A political solution to Syria's conflict may require "new ideas" to move peace talks forward, the UN's top mediator said. Going on seven years, the conflict has shown no sign of ending despite several attempts at peace.
The UN's top mediator has urged the Russian president to push Damascus to accept new elections. Staffan de Mistura warned that time is ticking and failure to move forward on peace talks risks the country's future.
The Iraqi premier has announced the defeat of "Islamic State" (IS) after months of fighting to uproot the militant group. But European authorities have warned that its ideology still remains a threat to global security.
More than two years after joining the conflict, the Russian president has announced Moscow's partial departure. But he warned that "if terrorists again raise their head," Russia will deliver strikes "they haven't seen."
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