International Edition of In The News This Week – February 28, 2016

It’s been a busy week across the pond as well as in our own backyard! In this special international edition of In The News we look at this week’s biggest international update

1. After 5 years of violence in Syria, the  US-Russian supported ‘Syria Cessation of Hostilities Accord’ comes into effect this weekend. The Accord calls for a halt to the fighting between the Syrian military and rebel groups, creating the first real opportunity for peace talks between the warring parties. The ceasefire does not cover the radical jihadist groups Islamic State and the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front operating in the region, therefore some are concerned about continued strikes by Russia against Syrian rebels under the guise of fighting terrorism –

  • To read more about how this agreement between the US, Russian and Syrian governments came to life at the Munich Security Conference, see this BBC article by Lyse Doucet –
  • FYEI (For your extra information): The Munich Security Conference started in 1963 as a forum for international policy makers and government officials to discuss issues of international security. It now brings together over 450 international leaders from politics and business to shape policy on security each year. –



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on February 7, 2015, in Munich, Germany. Source: Flickr

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