US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for a second day of talks about the Syria crisis with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Despite the show of harmony, many differences remain.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Sergei Lavrov met in Berlin to discuss their roles in Syria. Germany promised reconstruction help if Russia kept President Assad from launching an offensive in opposition-held Idlib.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has taken a more conciliatory tone, after his Defense Ministry held Israel "completely" accountable for a jet shot down over Syria. Putin spoke of "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances."
Millions of people have been displaced in the civil war and one-third of the country remains out of government hands. But the Syrian regime is holding local elections across the country to show strength and normalcy.
Syrian state media said Damascus had to trigger its air defenses to shoot down Israeli missiles heading for the airport. But an independent war monitor said the missiles were heading for an Iranian arms cache.
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