US State Department report on global human rights singles out Syria as the worst offender. In particular it points to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus which killed hundreds of people last August
The Trump administration has said it will be cutting more than $200 million in funding to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The PLO has said Washington is "punishing the Palestinian victims" of Israeli occupation.
A report suggests Germany's Bundeswehr could soon be called upon to take part in airstrikes on Syria, if another chemical attack were to occur. While Angela Merkel's CDU supports the idea, others remain wary.
Western military powers have warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons again. It comes as the Assad regime is expected to launch an offensive against the last rebel-held province.
Russia and Turkey's deal to demilitarize the battle lines around Idlib has been moved on a step. A buffer zone is intended to separate Syrian troops from rebel fighters, and prevent a full-scale assault on the city.
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