Over 100 countries and organizations known as the Friends of Syria have officially recognized the opposition National Coalition. The countries sent out a harsh warning to the Damascus regime not to use chemical weapons.
The US and Russian foreign ministers have called for a truce to be agreed prior to a planned second peace conference for Syria. It is still not clear whether opposition groups will attend the talks dubbed "Geneva II."
After the NSA affair led to a diplomatic chill, representatives of Germany and the US are now talking about their shared values at the Munich Security Conference. But the question is: How can these values prevail?
Syria's army has pressed an assault against rebel areas in Damascus, killing three children. As rebels struggle to hold territory, sympathetic countries are meeting in Qatar to discuss how to support their efforts.
The US and Russia have begun a third day of talks on Syria. The UN secretary-general said that he expects a confirmation of chemical weapons use in an August 21 attack outside of Damascus.
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