G8 leaders are gathering in Northern Ireland - but differences between Russia and the US over what to do on Syria are already looming large.
While plans are being made for more talks in Geneva, Russia and Assad are creating facts on the ground by attacking Aleppo. But one player in particular will emerge the winner, says Alexander Kudascheff.
Russia plans to hit the "Islamic State" (IS) hard, but will it have the desired effect? Fiona Clark looks at some of the challenges at home and in Syria and what could be a Pandora's box for the Russian bear.
The findings of a public inquiry into the murder of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko will be published today. The case has put a strain on UK-Russian relations, as Samira Shackle reports from London.
President Obama has emphasized the need for a diplomatic response to the ongoing conflict in Syria. He was speaking during the climate talks in Paris, which Russian President Vladimir Putin also attended.
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