In eastern Ukraine, a reported Russian missile attack on a railway station that’s killed dozens of civilians including children, has been condemned by the United Nations. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement, that the strike - and others against civilians and civilian infrastructure - were "gross violations" of international law.
ISIL or Daesh fighters in two key Syrian towns are nearing defeat and when that happens it could be the “moment of truth” for the future of the country, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.
Speaking in Geneva, the veteran negotiator said that Deir-ez-Zour was essentially liberated from the extremists.
Raqqa, Mr de Mistura added, was only days or at most, weeks away from freedom.