RUSSIA REACHES NEW DE-ESCALATION AGREEMENT WITH NORTHERN HOMS REBELS

A Russian soldier stands guard near a Syrian national flag drawn on the wall as rebel fighters and their families evacuate the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of HomsThe Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has just announced a new ceasefire agreement that Russian mediators in Syria reached with rebels in Homs province.

The new de-escalation zone agreement is large, including up to the 87 rebel-held towns and villages in a besieged region known as the Rastan pocket.

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