The UN sought on Friday to get a new round of Syrian peace talks off the ground, but there were few signs of progress amid dozens more civilian deaths.
Russia tested 162 new types of weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to the defence minister who said that they proved their 'worth' and hailed Russian military's performance in Syria.
Second day of UN-backed Syria mediation talks begins on Friday as envoy Staffan de Mistura urged an end to the conflict which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.
Syria's main opposition group said Wednesday it wanted face-to-face discussions with representatives of the regime of Bashar al-Assad at the new round of peace talks in Geneva.
Bahrain's MPs voted on Tuesday to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in military courts amid a crackdown on dissent.
Four Russian soldiers were killed and two injured when their vehicle was targeted with explosives in central Syria last week, a defence ministry statement quoted by Russian agencies said Monday.
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At least nine people were killed on Saturday when government forces launched a barrage of rockets that hit a funeral on the edges of the Syrian capital, a monitor said
Turkish-backed forces have advanced deeper into al-Bab in northern Syria in what could be an intense final battle with IS in the town, while civilian casualties mount.
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