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Turkey and Russia 'strike deal over Syria-wide ceasefire'

Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement over a plan for a ceasefire covering the whole of Syria, according to reports.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said the two countries are working to ensure that the ceasefire comes into effect after midnight.

Terror organisations would be kept outside the ceasefire agreement, the agency said, without outlining which insurgent groups this would apply to.

A peace process will go ahead in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana under Russia and Turkey's leadership if the ceasefire holds.

Anadolu added that the two countries would act as "guarantors" of the peace process.

The ceasefire reports came as Syrian activists said at least 20 civilians were killed in an air strike on an Islamic State-held village in Deir el-Zour province in eastern Syria.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that several unknown warplanes bombed the village of Hajna, killing 12 people from one family and 10 from another. It said at least 10 children were killed.

The activist group Deir Ezzor 24 said no-one in the two families survived.

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