Nearly 400,000 people are on the brink of starvation in besieged villages and towns across Syria. But who is besieging whom is a question not always easily answered, as some towns are held by rebel fighters and others by pro-government forces.
A new safe zone would be a fourth of its kind, which Russian, Iranian and Turkish officials claim led to a decline in violence in Syria. But any comprehensive and long-lasting peace will require the weight of the UN.
Asma al-Assad grew up in London, went to elite schools and had a promising career. Then, as wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, she became a beacon of hope for Syria.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
The US is increasingly moving away from its anti-Assad course. Syria's president appears increasingly confident, announcing that conditions will apply to governments that seek to rejig their relationships with Damascus.
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