World powers have revealed an increasing split over the Syria crisis at the G20 summit.
President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have made a brief Christmas visit to a US military base in Iraq, his first such trip in office. He left without meeting Iraqi officials, making a return stopover in Germany.
Brett McGurk had been appointed by Obama in 2015 and was a key player in Washington's Syria policy. He said he could no longer do his job after Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw US troops.
President Trump's surprising move to order the withdrawal of all US forces from Syria via Twitter stunned Washington. But why he did it and whether his order will be implemented remains murky.
Raed Fares survived previous attempts on his life, as well as kidnappings and torture. But the citizen journalist and his colleague Hamod Jnaid have been gunned down in Idlib province.
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