Turkey will create a 20-mile "safe zone" at its border with Syria, but Kurdish-led fighters have to leave the area.
Abkhazia remains in limbo. It became a de facto independent state from Georgia, which claims the territory, back in the 1990s. But just a handful of states — Russia, its largest benefactor, and about four others — recognize it as independent. And even though the most recent Olympics were in Russia, it wasn't invited to the party.
Much was made about security before the Sochi Olympics began. Now that the games are winding down what
Russia is projecting a new image at these Olympics: a helpful, welcoming Russia. Suddenly police are friendlier, politicians meet with activists, people are recycling. It's a version of Russia a lot of people would like to have, but it may not last beyond the games.
China has embraced the sport of curling and both the men's and women's teams have performed well in Sochi. It's not surprising considering both teams are being coached by a Canadian curling legend.
The worries about unfinished hotels and possible terrorism at the Olympics have receded as people the world over have become enthralled with the athletes and the competition. But when the games wrap up, Sochi residents are wondering if their city's big projects will get completed.
Slovenia's Tina Maze comes from a hardscrabble mining town that has turned out a half-dozen Olympians. Tuesday Maze managed to capture her second gold at Sochi, in giant slalom. Last in the race: a virtuoso violinist competing for Thailand.
The US once dominated the 2-man bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics — 80 years ago. Now they hope to win gold in Sochi, by driving "The Ultimate Sledding Machine."
The joint gold medal is a first for any skiing event in Olympic history. It's the result of the quirky nature of time keeping.
The two women's teams are so powerful and skilled that everybody else at the Olympics doesn't stand a chance. And that has led to a brutal rivalry.
A Boston business consultant has watched Sochi transform from a town that rarely saw foreigners into Russia's future sports-hosting venue for international competitions, including the 2018 World Cup.