The United States and Russia are to hold fresh talks on air safety after it emerged combat aircraft from both nations came into close contact last week. The two countries are carrying out separate air strikes in Syria.
The UN Security Council has delayed a vote on a possible 30-day truce in Syria to Saturday. Russia, the Syrian government's main backer, has said it is prepared to support such a deal given the right conditions.
Many UN Security Council members have been pushing for a quick deal to temporarily halt fighting in the country. Hundreds have died this week in what a UN official called a predictable and preventable disaster.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the state of world affairs is even more dire than usual. In an interview with DW, former US ambassador Victoria Nuland says the US and Russia need to get their act together.
For two weeks now, families of the Russian mercenaries killed in Syria have been waiting for their loved ones' remains to be brought back to Russia. Where are the bodies and why are relatives keeping quiet?
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