It's an attempt to prevent what the UN has warned could be a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib, the last stronghold of rebel fighters. The Syrian government wants to clear them out, but Russia says there will be no military operation there.
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.
Despite very different views of the Syrian conflict, Presidents Putin and Erdogan have met in Moscow to discuss regional stability. Both want to prevent a power vacuum after the US troop withdrawal.
A Turkish court has upheld sentences against journalists and staff from newspaper Cumhuriyet. The case is widely viewed as a political move against critical media.
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