Russia Reaches Deal for Syria Safe Zones, but Some Rebels Scoff

The top United Nations envoy for Syria said the deal was a “positive step.” But some rebels said it left too many loopholes for the government. Source: World

As Tillerson Begins Russia Talks, Putin Leaves Him Guessing

The secretary of state has met Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in Moscow, but whether he would see Russia’s president was the subject of diplomatic theater. Source: World

Iran Joins Russia in Denouncing U.S. Strike on Syria, but Stops There

Although on the same side in Syria, Iran is conspicuously not allowing Russia unlimited use of its air bases, part of a legacy of mistrust between the two. Source: World

For Syrian Refugees, There Is No Going Home

Major powers may settle for President Bashar al-Assad’s rule as peace talks resumed, but families that fled to Lebanon said they had nothing to return to and feared reprisals. Source: World