Diplomatic efforts on Syria sag in Kazakh capital Astana May 16, 2018 0 443 12345 AFPAstana, KazakhstanTalks on Syria spearheaded by Russia in Astana failed to edge the seven-year conflict closer to a political settlement Tuesday and cast the future of diplomatic efforts to end the crisis into uncertainty.Backed by regime-allied Russia and Iran as well as rebel-supporting Turkey, the negotiations in Astana began in January last year, running parallel to talks overseen by the United Nations in Geneva.The two-day talks involving both the Syrian regime and the opposition were the ninth round of Syria negotiations held in Kazakhstan to date.But with Geneva talks stillborn and no notable gains made during the latest Kazakhstan round, the diplomatic push to end Syria's crisis appears to have entered a lull.A joint resolution produced by the three guarantor countries Tuesday said the next high-level meeting on Syria would take place in the Russian city of Sochi in July.But members of Syria's armed opposition present in Astana immediately ruled out attending the event in Russia. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Gaza buries it dead after deadliest day of protests May 16, 2018 0 87 Iran upbeat on N-deal hopes after EU talks May 16, 2018 0 57 Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded May 16, 2018 0 55 Family in agony after baby dies from tear gas afp Gaza City In her final embrace, Mariam al-Ghandour hugs the tiny body of her daughter Leila tight, tears rolling down her face. "The Israelis killed her," she sobbed. The health ministry in Gaza say baby Leila, only .. Bahrain strips 115 of citizenship on terrorism charges REUTERS DUBAI A court in Bahrain revoked the citizenship of 115 people and gave 53 of them life sentences on terrorism charges, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday, in one of the most severe rulings yet in the Gulf island .. 2nd Palestinian killed at fresh protest Gaza City A second Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire Tuesday, the health ministry in the strip announced, a day after 60 people were killed in the worst violence in years. The ministry said the man, who was not named, ..