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  • A man rides a bicycle near damaged buildings in the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh - RTX2WY9J
    December 30, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin slammed U.S. sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats over election-season hacking attacks, but said he would not answer in kind by expelling U.S. diplomats. Also, a fragile cease-fire appeared to hold across Syria, but sporadic violence between rebels and troops was reported near Damascus and the central province of Hama. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru November 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSSHZ0
    December 29, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama announced a range of actions meant to punish Russia for election meddling, including sanctions on Russian intelligence services and top officials in the unit that ordered the hacks. Also, Iraqi security forces launched the second phase of their offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group. Continue reading

  • A boy, evacuee from a rebel-held area of Aleppo, carries blankets he received as aid in al-Kamouneh camp, Idlib province, Syria December 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah - RTX2WV6E
    December 29, 2016  

    There is a new cease-fire agreement in Syria, but this time without the U.S. at the negotiating table. Will it last when so many others have failed? William Brangham speaks with Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma about the symbolic significance of the move and what’s next for the rebels, the Assad regime and Syria. Continue reading

  • Members of the Civil Defence rescue children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz/File Photo     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSOYP4
    September 22, 2016  

    The Syrian army announced a major new offensive against the rebel-held, eastern sectors of Aleppo. That came after scores of airstrikes lit the skies of Aleppo overnight. It was all a thundering, brutal answer to Secretary of State John Kerry’s plea to Syria and Russia to ground their jets. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the collapsed cease-fire. Continue reading

  • A general view in Aleppo, Syria in September 2016. Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
    September 16, 2016  

    After a cease-fire started on Monday, Syrian state television showed bulldozers clearing the road into war-torn Aleppo — a crucial step toward getting aid from Turkey. But due to missteps, U.N. convoys were left stuck at the Turkish border. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff for more to discuss what’s gone wrong and what’s gone right since the cease-fire began. Continue reading

  • A boy carries a toy gun while riding a pick-up truck with other boys during a demonstration calling for aid to reach Aleppo near Castello road in Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTSNR2I
    September 15, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the U.N. blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for delays in getting humanitarian aid into his country despite the cease-fire. The U.N. wants to deliver convoys into Aleppo, but says Syria is not providing permits. Also, a self-described hit man in the Philippines says that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings by death squads when he was mayor of Davao. Continue reading

  • Children play along a street in the rebel-held al-Sheikh Said neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTX2NT94
    September 13, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the cease-fire in Syria seemed to be holding. The war torn city of Aleppo was markedly quiet, and some ventured outdoors. Also, Russian-backed rebels in Eastern Ukraine announced a unilateral cease-fire. The change came as Ukraine’s president said parliament will soon vote on granting autonomy to eastern provinces. Continue reading

  • Rebel fighters rest with their weapons in Quneitra countryside, Syria. Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters
    September 12, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, a cease-fire in Syria, negotiated by the United States and Russia, took effect at sunset, despite government attacks in Aleppo. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared in a recaptured Damascus suburb to say that he means to control the country again. Also, China rejected U.S. requests that it do more to intervene in North Korea after its latest nuclear test. Continue reading

  • People walk in central Abbasid Square, next to Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria on February 27, 2016. A cease-fire engineered by Washington and Moscow took effect on Saturday in many parts of Syria. Photo by Omar Sanadiki/Reuters
    February 27, 2016   BY  

    Relative calm prevailed in parts of Syria as most fighting between government forces and rebel groups stopped and Russia halted airstrikes on Saturday, the first day of a fragile cessation of hostilities. Continue reading

  • Family members and relatives visit the graves of their loved ones, most of them YPG members who were killed during fightings against Islamic State in north Syria, at a cemetery in Diyarbakir Turkey February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar  - RTX28M9M
    February 25, 2016  

    The longstanding debate over whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria’s civil war has taken on new importance this week following a ceasefire agreement brokered by the U.S. and Russia. But how likely is an actual halt to violence in the region, and will Syria’s beleaguered civilians get the aid they so desperately need? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner examines the situation. Continue reading

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