Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on December 7 for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.
The Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on November 28 in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold.
The UN Special Envoy for Syria on November 24 said US President Barack Obama could well keep working until his last day in office to end the war in Syria, and Russia did not want to be held responsible for the demolition of eastern Aleppo.
Syria's army said on October 31 the Nusra Front and what the army called other terrorist groups had killed 84 people, mostly women and children, in Aleppo during the past three days, in a bombardment that included chemical weapons and rocket fire.
Russia said on October 25 it would extend a moratorium on air strikes on Syria's Aleppo into a ninth day, but a monitor and a civil defense official said that rebel-held parts of the divided city had been struck in recent days.
Russian jets resumed heavy bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on October 11 after several days of relative calm, a rebel official and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.
France is to launch a new push for United Nations backing for a ceasefire in Syria that would allow aid into the city of Aleppo after some of the heaviest bombing of the war.
Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on September 27, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new campaign that has destroyed a U.S.-backed ceasefire.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday near Syria's holiest Shi'ite Muslim shrine, and a monitoring group said at least 20 people were killed.
The United Nations is still waiting for Syrian government agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged town of Daraya and has requested approval to airlift food into four locations if land routes are unavailable, UN officials said on June 7.
Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine has been killed, the Lebanese group said on May 13, the biggest blow to the Iranian-backed organization since its military chief was killed in 2008.
A ceasefire in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo will be extended by 48 hours beginning at 1 am on May 10, state news agency SANA said on May 9, quoting the Syrian military high command.
Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo on April 30 as a temporary "calm" declared by Syria’s military took effect around Damascus and in the northwest.
A car bomb in a district south of Damascus killed at least six people and possibly many more on April 25, according to Islamic State militants who claimed responsibility for the attack.
After weeks stranded at a closed border in northern Greece, migrants and refugees are seeking out new, irregular routes to get into Macedonia, clambering through forests and over hills under the cover of darkness.
France and Iran voiced concern over escalating violence in Syria on April 12, echoing warnings from the United States and Russia as fighting near the city of Aleppo put more pressure on a fragile truce agreement.
The Russian air force and Syrian military are preparing a joint operation to take Aleppo from rebels, the Syrian prime minister was quoted saying on April 10, and an opposition official said a ceasefire was on the verge of collapse.
The start of a new round of peace talks on the Syrian war has been pushed back by two days so that UN mediator Staffan de Mistura can travel to Damascus and Tehran to sound out their position on a political transition, the envoy said on April 7.
Islamic State fighters launched attacks on government-held areas near Damascus overnight in what a Syrian source said appeared to be a response to the group's loss of ground elsewhere.
Dozens of people were killed in a series of air strikes on the city of Raqqa in northern Syria on March 19, a monitoring group and activists said, as Damascus and Moscow waged attacks on areas controlled by Islamic State.