The U.N. hopes to convene a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva in August
Obama announced late last year he would keep 9,800 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan through most of 2016
On one Aleppo front alone fighting has forced about 30,000 civilians to flee, according to Human Rights Watch.
He already heard some interesting ideas from Russia and would also consult Turkish, Saudi, Jordanian and Lebanese officials
The anti-Assad opposition expressed bafflement, with a spokesman saying, "Nobody knows what is in Putin's mind".
Rebels say they are ready to fight on despite their recent defeats
Assad estimated that economic and infrastructure damage to the country "exceeds $200 billion".
"We now have a real chance to end violence and to step up our collective combat against terrorism."
"The problem with the Russians is while they are talking they are bombing, and they are supporting Assad," British Foreign...
The United Nations is aiming for six months of negotiations, first seeking a ceasefire, later working toward a political settlement...