Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo Saturday after the UN said security concerns had prevented evacuation convoys even as Russia extended a ceasefire into a third day. An AFP photographer in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood at one of the crossings over the front line the army has set up for evacuations said it was deserted on Saturday morning. The United Nations had hoped to use the ceasefire to evacuate seriously wounded people, and possibly deliver aid.
The head of the European parliament and Canada's trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region's refusal to sign on. EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul Magnette, head of Wallonia's socialist government which is blocking the agreement between Ottawa and the 28-nation European Union. The Brussels meetings are aimed at "reviving CETA talks.