It was supposed to be a four-way meeting on the conflict in Ukraine: The leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin all sat together at one table. But Syria and Russia's airstrikes also dominated the conversation.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said Sweden will provide troops only when both Russia and the West agree. Western officials are considering deploying a force led by non-NATO nations in eastern Ukraine.
Russian mercenaries reportedly died in a US attack in Syria, marking the biggest confrontation of the two former Cold War opponents in decades. The incident is explosive in every respect, but what really occurred?
The UN rights chief has received reports that "toxic agents" were used during the latest government offensive. The failure to end the deadly war "marks an epic failure of global diplomacy," the UN official said.
More than 230 people have died this week in air raids on a rebel-held enclave in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus. During a call with Putin, the French president expressed concern at the use of chlorine gas on civilians.
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