Syria's army and Russia's air force halted their bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on October 21, a monitoring group said, on the second of four consecutive daytime unilateral ceasefires in the city that have been rejected by insurgents.
The Syrian military said on October 20 a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a move rejected by rebels who say they are preparing a counter-offensive to break the blockade.
US Secretary of State John Kerry played down expectations of a new Syrian ceasefire deal with Russia after talks in Geneva aimed at agreeing on how to separate al Qaeda-linked militants from opposition fighters in the besieged city of Aleppo.
Malaysia has stepped up security at its borders in case Malaysian militant fighters try to return home after Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to take back the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on October 18.
Syrian rebels said on October 18 they rejected any withdrawal of fighters from Aleppo after Russia announced a halt in air raids which it said was designed to allow insurgents to leave and to separate moderate fighters from extremist militants.
VOV.VN - Tense relations between Russia and the US continue unabated over Syria, Eastern Europe, and cyber warfare.
Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on October 17 to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will return to Syria talks on October 15, three weeks after the failure of their painstakingly drafted ceasefire that many saw as the last hope for peace this year.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on October 14 that the Syrian army's capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be "a very important springboard" to pushing "terrorists" back to Turkey.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart in Switzerland on October 15 to discuss Syria, officials said on October 12, as a devastating bombing campaign of the city of Aleppo intensified.
Heavy air strikes on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo killed 25 people on October 12, most of them at a market, a rescue service said, as the Syrian government and Russia pursued their joint offensive to capture the whole city.
VOV.VN - Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement on the construction of an undersea gas pipeline.
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.
VOV.VN - A stark division between members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was exposed at a meeting on October 9, when rival resolutions drafted by Russia and France both failed, once again extinguishing hope for a UN intervention to end the fighting in Syria.
Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on October 10 for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalization in ties nearly a year after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.
The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said a Syrian suspect arrested on October 10 was building a bomb and probably planned to attack one of the airports in Berlin.
Malaysian police said on October 9 that they have arrested 16 people for suspected links to militant groups, including the Islamic State (IS), after a two-week operation across the country.
Russia vetoed a French-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution on October 8 that would have demanded an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria's Aleppo city and called for a truce and humanitarian aid access throughout Syria.
Rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down their arms, President Bashar al-Assad said on October 6, vowing to press on with the assault on Syria's largest city and recapture full control of the country.
VOV.VN - The US announced on October 4 it is suspending its dialogue with Russia on a cease fire in Syria and criticized Russia for launching attacks on civilian targets in Syria.