UN Security Council delays ceasefire vote in Syria:
The UN Security Council is fighting to agree on a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria and has postponed the vote to Saturday.
The vote has already been postponed several times since Thursday.
Russia desired changes to a draft that calls for a 30-day calm to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.
Western diplomats have accused Russia, Syria’s key ally, of stalling for time. France said failure to act may spell the end of the UN itself.
Minds are concentrated towards outrage at the plight of civilians in the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave.
Activists say 462 people have now been killed there this week.
Warplanes claimed that the bombardment on Friday, witnesses said. Douma and Hamouriyeh were among areas struck.
Western powers suspect that Moscow would like to give Syria time to deal a final blow to forces defending the rebel-held enclave on the border of Damascus.
The USA, the UK, and France had called for the resolution to be accepted without delay. UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said a truce had to be followed by immediate, unhindered access to the Eastern Ghouta.
Commenting on Friday evening, US President Donald Trump pointed the finger of blame firmly at Syria and its allies, both Russia and Iran, for the humanitarian crisis.
“What those three countries have done to people over the last, short period of time is a disgrace,” he said, speaking alongside the visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Washington.