G8 leaders are gathering in Northern Ireland - but differences between Russia and the US over what to do on Syria are already looming large.
Washington's decision to stay out of Syria's civil war means it has little sway to compel peace among the warring factions. As a result, the prospects for a sustained cease-fire and eventual peace may be far away.
As part of his Europe-Russia tour, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 6. The two are expected to address the territorial row besetting the bilateral ties. Martin Fritz reports.
Russia's military has declared the Syrian site of Palmyra free of explosive devices. It comes as the US expressed concern about Russian military equipment being brought into Syria, and as the Geneva peace talks stall.
US President Barack Obama has emphasized the importance of a united and prosperous Europe for the whole world in a speech in Hanover. He called on the EU to reject moves toward nationalism.
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