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The first five-hour ceasefire in the Syrian rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus has ended in failure. There've been airstrikes and mortar rounds, and no deliveries of aid.
Also in the programme: A landmark court ruling in Germany aims to cut pollution, and Lewis Gilbert, one of Britain's most distinguished film directors, has died.
Picture: Smoke rises from the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital following fresh air strikes and rocket fire Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
Fighting continued in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area in Syria during the first daily five-hour 'pause' ordered by the government's ally Russia. Activists say there were government air and artillery strikes, while Russia said rebels shelled a 'humanitarian corridor' meant to let civilians leave.
Also in the programme: A landmark court ruling in Germany aims to cut pollution, and why discovering the resilience of life in one of the most inhospitable places on earth might have consequences well beyond our planet.
Picture: A general view taken from a government-held area in Damascus shows smoke rising from the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. Credit: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images.
In rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, which has faced intense bombardment by pro-government forces for more than a week, President Putin has called for the shelling to stop for five hours every day, so civilians can leave the enclave.
Also in the programme: China's Xi Jinping and women in the Saudi army
Image: Syrians walk past destroyed buildings in Arbin in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on February 25, 2018. Credit: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images
The UN has renewed its appeal for an immediate truce in the besieged Syrian rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, amid reports of more deaths in air strikes. The UN secretary general António Guterres called for the bombing to stop.
Also in the programme: China's communist party gives the green light to a lifetime presidency and we explore what some call 'the most important room in the world'.
Picture: a Syrian man walking next to damaged buildings following regime air strikes in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region. Credit: Hamza Al-Ajweh//AFP/Getty Images.
China's ruling Communist Party has moved to allow the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, to stay in power indefinitely. The proposal, which will almost certainly be accepted by China's rubber-stamp parliament, would remove the current two-term limits for the country's president and vice president.
Also in the programme: Protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the problems longevity is causing in Japan.
(Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, January 2018. Credit: Getty Images)
Members of a high-level North Korean delegation visiting South Korea for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, the South's presidential office said.
Also on the programme: The Syrian government continues to bombard Eastern Ghouta despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire without delay; and Beloved Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor dies age 54.
Picture: Ivanka Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, first lady Kim Jung-sook and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic games. Credit: Getty Images.