Negotiations begin at the UN on a draft resolution calling for a truce in Aleppo. This comes after the US suspended dialogue with Russia over the war in Syria.
The White House has said it will keep some troops in Syria as a peacekeeping force after most US forces pull out from the country. The move could be an attempt to get European allies to send soldiers to Syria as well.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has put forward measures to bring the devastating war to a close with the help of Turkey and Iran. Despite renewed peace efforts, a political solution to the eight-year conflict remains elusive.
The US is pushing the UN Security Council to call for fresh presidential elections in Venezuela. Russia has proposed an alternative draft, which shows concern over outside interference in the nation's internal affairs.
The swift denial has come after the opposition leader claimed he spoke with the Swiss president about freezing bank accounts. He accused officials at home of moving money abroad as the struggle for power drags on.
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