At United Nations peace talks in Switzerland, the opposition and the Syrian government spent the first day of peace talks in name-calling. But some still hold out hope for an agreement on a transitional government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad, the Kremlin has revealed. Assad thanked Russia for its support "fighting terrorism in Syria."
Syrian ground troops have been battling to take back the last urban area held by "Islamic State" (IS). Airstrikes and artillery have reportedly killed dozens.
Amnesty International says the Syrian regime has conducted unlawful sieges aimed at forcing civilians from their homes ahead of "reconciliation" accords. It accuses Damascus of using "surrender or starve" tactics.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reaffirmed a commitment to reviving the Geneva peace process. He added that Washington sees no future for President Bashar Assad in Syria's government.
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