The international community is demanding UN access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
The Syrian military has extended its ceasefire around the capital although fighting is still going on in the country's north. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to revive peace talks.
Washington's decision to stay out of Syria's civil war means it has little sway to compel peace among the warring factions. As a result, the prospects for a sustained cease-fire and eventual peace may be far away.
A ninth day of aerial bombardments in the northern city has left several more people dead, with the Syrian regime excluding it from a temporary ceasefire. The Red Cross has warned of a possible humanitarian disaster.
Syrian airstrikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo have killed ten more civilians, lifting the city's nine-day death toll to nearly 250. US Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to Geneva in a fresh ceasefire bid.
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