Kuwait is hosting an international donor conference to secure aid for Syrian refugees. The UN says it needs at least one billion dollars over the next six montnhs.
Anti-regime groups have made gains in a joint offensive on a bastion of Syria's government. As the country's civil war continues, the UN-appointed mediator is hoping to restart peace talks.
International donors at a major summit have pledged $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros) in humanitarian aid to conflict-ridden Syria. The amount is less than half of what the United Nations had requested in its appeal.
The International Pledging Conference for Syria has begun in Kuwait. The United Nations has warned that failure to reach its goal of $8.4 billion could have "horrifying" consequences.
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.