In a surprise move, Syria's foreign minister says the country would be ready to put its chemical weapons under international control. That proposal came from Russia and has introduced new uncertainty into diplomatic proceedings.
Civilians are continuing to flee from the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says. Hundreds have died there in recent weeks.
Germany's defense minister has vowed 'consequences' over a nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal, which the UK blames on Russia. She also tied the attack to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Syrian forces have launched a series of rocket attacks and airstrikes on the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta, where 500 civilians have been killed in the past week. A UN vote on a ceasefire has been delayed.
A temporary ceasefire offered up by Russia appears to have been wholly ineffective as violence continues. Russia blames rebel groups for the outbreaks of violence during the daily humanitarian pause.
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