>> A ceasefire for Syria. Russian president, Vladimir Putin, a key ally of the government, saying it and opposition groups have signed a truce deal that will take effect at midnight on Thursday. Turkey, which backs the Syrian rebels, has been negotiating the deal with Moscow this week, and says the two countries will act as guarantors.
In the meantime, the war rages on. Syrian government jets struck a rebel held area of Damascus, killing at least 40 people on Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory. This amateur video purports to show people running from a school in Arbaeen in the eastern Ghouta area after the airstrike.
Moscow backs to Syrian army, but Putin said the Russian military would scale back its deployment. He said three documents was signed earlier on Thursday, a cease fire, measures to monitor it, and a statement of readiness to start peace talks to settle the crisis. Those talks will take place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, Russian says.
In a sign of how hard it will be to stop the war in Syria, some hard line groups were left out of the deal, Islamic State, the group once known as the Nursah Front, and all of their allies.