A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
France's prime minister has strongly criticized a group of MPs who met with Syrian President al-Assad, calling it an "ethical transgression." The unsanctioned visit was the first by French officials since 2012.
A group of French parliamentarians has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The French government has distanced themselves from the trip, saying it was not officially sanctioned.
The trail of a mother who left Germany and traveled to Syria early last year with her two young children has begun. The woman is charged with preparing a serious act of violent subversion.
The United Nations envoy to Syria has said the country's president has a key role to play in ending almost four years of war. This is the first time that any UN official has made such a statement.
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