The international community is demanding UN access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
A new UN report suggests that the Assad regime and the "Islamic State" have been resorting to chemical warfare. Now, the US, France and Germany want to the perpetrators to take responsibility for the attacks.
One year ago Russia agreed with Damascus to deploy its armed forces in Syria. The move facilitated the peacemaking process but increased risks for Moscow, analysts say.
Daraya lies just 7 km from the Syrian seat of power, but it was one of the first to rise against Assad's hardline rule. Syrian forces eventually surrounded the town and held it under siege for the past four years.
While the world reels at the sight of a five-year old pulled from a bombed building in Aleppo, Fiona Clark looks at why Russia won't give up on backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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