Syria Agrees to US-Russia Cease-fire Plan
Syria said Tuesday it accepts a cease-fire plan proposed by the United States and Russia that would begin Saturday.
A government statement said the military will continue its operations against Islamic State and al-Qaida-linked groups.
The U.S.-Russia plan does not apply to those militants, and any other groups have until Friday to confirm their participation. The main Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee said late Monday it agrees to the cease-fire as long as its demands for the lifting of sieges, delivery of humanitarian aid and an end of bombings of civilians are met.
In a joint statement Monday, the U.S. and Russia said that under the plan parties involved in the conflict would limit any use of force to situations such as responding in self-defense. The parties would also agree to provide unhindered access to humanitarian groups delivering aid to besieged areas.
Report: China Expanding Military Assets in South China Sea
An independent U.S. research group says China is building a radar system throughout the disputed islands it holds in the South China Sea, actions that could strengthen its ability to control the region.
A report by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies was issued on the eve of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the United States for talks with Secretary of State John Kerry.
The group's Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative released satellite imagery that shows a high-frequency radar system on Cuarteron reef in the Spratly islands, as well as a lighthouse, a helicopter landing pad, underground bunker and other communications equipment.
The report says the radar facilities on Cuarteron would "significantly bolster China's ability to monitor surface and air traffic" in the northern part of the South China Sea.
CSIS also says China appears to be installing radar facilities at smaller reefs in the Spratly islands.