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.
Syrian regime forces and moderate rebels have agreed to a ceasefire north of the city of Homs. The "de-escalation" zone created there will be monitored by Russian troops, and is the third of four planned "safe" areas.
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 Secretary of State has called on Russia to honor the 2015 Minsk accord, which calls for a ceasefire in Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, hailed the visit as a strong showing of Washington's support.
Libya's Prime Minister Serraj and General Hifter have agreed to a ceasefire and speedy elections after a day of peace talks in Paris. Their joint statement provides a glimmer of hope for the war-torn nation.
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