The West has long been reluctant to engage with Syria's President Assad. But faced with Russia's military intervention, EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg today seemed increasingly willing to put all options back on the table.
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 first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg is likely to be short. But that isn't stopping Moscow from hoping for a new era in relations with Washington.
Iran and Russia will set the agenda at the Astana talks as the president's "protecting powers" have effectively taken control of government, writes DW's Kersten Knipp. The US is to send a representative to the talks.
A US-Russia spat over diplomatic property and expelled diplomats threatens to escalate. The Kremlin wants seized property back and the return of its diplomats to Washington.
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