World leaders hail 'real progress' in Syria

A man walks down a street in the rebel-held town of Douma on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on March 4, 2016 as smoke billows in the background following air strikesWorld leaders hailed “real progress” in Syria on Friday, but fresh air strikes showed the fragility of the week-old truce as the opposition cast doubt on its attendance at talks next week in Geneva. Warplanes struck a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital for the first time since the US-Russia brokered truce — which excludes the fight against jihadists — began last weekend, a monitor said. “Two air strikes hit the edge of the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta and one person was killed,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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