US expands sanctions on Iran

The US government has blacklisted 13 individuals and 12 businesses a day after President Trump’s administration placed Iran “on notice” and threatened a response over Tehran’s ballistic missile tests.

Putin and Erdogan speak on Syria ceasefire

Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan discuss Syrian ceasefire by telephone and agree it is generally observed. However in many parts of Syria fighting still continues, the date of the Astana peace conference has still not been agreed, and there is no confirmation that Turkey is preventing reinforcements and supplies reaching the Jihadis in Syria from across the Turkish border.