• Aleppo air war pause holds for 2nd day


    BEIRUT: An 8-hour Russian-initiated pause in air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo held for a second day Wednesday, 24 hours after the start although ground fighting continued, a monitor said.

    Washington had voiced skepticism about how long the lull announced by Moscow from 0700 GMT on Tuesday in anticipation of a wider ceasefire would last.

    But the head of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, “there have been no air raids from yesterday morning until now.”