The reconstruction of Syria will be another battle with rival powers trying to stamp their authority over the country through their chequebooks.
Health facilities are hit, diplomatic efforts are failing, and thousands are fleeing. The Damascus regime and its Russian allies attack northwest Syria.
Fresh killings come as rebels launch counter-offensive in western Hama province to recapture areas they lost on Thursday to regime forces. Meanwhile, aid groups suspend activities in embattled northwest.
Trapped civilians fear the Syrian regime is destroying vital facilities, including hospitals and rescue organisations, to clear the way for brutal ground assaults.
Top EU sources told TRT World the differences between Bashar al Assad and the armed opposition over the nature of the constitutional committee have been narrowed down.
London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says regime bombardments also took the lives of eight children, seven women and three men in the Idlib region in the last 48 hours.
Israel has been increasingly open about carrying out air strikes in Syria with an election looming in April as it tries to counter Iran's support of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.
As Lebanon failed to agree on a new government, the Arab League economic summit in Beirut will be postponed, said Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. He also asserted Syria should return to the League.
After Saudi Arabia pledges to take over funding the reconstruction of Syria from the US, the Assad regime invites Riyad's archrival Iran to rebuild the war-torn country.
The United Nations has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. Millions of people around the world have been killed and displaced since the UN was founded in 1945.
The decree, published by regime media, gives deserters - both within Syria and those outside the country - several months to report for duty without facing punishment. But there is fear the returnees would be tortured.
The Saudi-UAE cold war with Iran has been a hot war for most of the Middle East. Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen bare the brutal scars of outside powers competing for influence.
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