Syrians inside the country and worldwide fear the worst after peace talks in Geneva ended in disarray on Saturday. UN mediator Lahkdar Brahimi has called on the warring sides to reflect on their responsibilities.
The UN says 137 children under siege in the rebel-held suburb of Eastern Ghouta require immediate evacuation. Five children there are reported to have already died from a lack of medical care.
A political solution to Syria's conflict may require "new ideas" to move peace talks forward, the UN's top mediator said. For 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 eighth round of UN-sponsored talks on Syria since 2012 is set to get underway in Geneva, though the Assad regime has not yet named a delegation. Talks hosted by Russia have led to hopes there may be a breakthrough.
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