International efforts to bring peace to Syria have resumed at a New York hotel. The foreign ministers of the US, Russia and 15 other countries have been holding talks to decide on a set of principles for Syria's future.
Donald Trump's maiden speech at the United Nations is being viewed with cautious optimism by diplomats in New York. The US president has been critical of the organization, but his presence counts for something.
Asma al-Assad grew up in London, went to elite schools and had a promising career. Then, as wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, she became a beacon of hope for Syria.
Russia has voted in favor of new sanctions against North Korea in the United Nations Security Council, even though they include new oil sanctions. The Russian resource plays a much greater role than previously thought.
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.
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