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Russia is ready to discuss the possibility of a ceasefire in Syria, deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov said Thursday as foreign ministers gathered in Munich in a bid to restart peace talks. "We are ready to discuss the modalities of a ceasefire," Gatilov told journalists in Moscow, quoted by TASS state news agency. International talks to end the five-year civil war that has killed more than 260,000 people broke down earlier this month amid accusations from the West and Syrian regime opponents that Russia's air strikes in Aleppo were targeting opposition groups and civilians.
World athletics chief Sebastian Coe on Wednesday angrily hit back at Nestle's move to terminate its sponsorship of the scandal-hit IAAF, insisting he will not accept the decision. It's the kids who will suffer," said International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Coe in a brief statement. "I confirm that we have decided to end our partnership with the IAAF Kids Athletics programme with immediate effect," Nestle spokeswoman Lydia Meziani told AFP in an email.
The British government has significant work to do to justify allowing the authorities to spy on the public's internet use, one of the main planks of a new planned surveillance law, lawmakers said on Thursday. Ministers must also spell out their plans on encryption to ensure that they will not force tech firms to provide a "back door" for spies, the parliamentary committee set up to scrutinise the proposed legislation said. "There is much to be commended in the draft Bill, but the Home Office has a significant amount of further work to do before Parliament can be confident that the provisions have been fully thought through," Paul Murphy, the committee chairman said.