A two-day wave of regime air strikes on a north Syrian town has killed 50 people, a monitor said Sunday, while in Damascus a mortar round struck the French school without causing injuries.

On the political front, Syria’s deputy foreign minister insisted that no solution to Syria’s conflict proposed at a January 22 peace conference in Geneva would be implemented without President Bashar al-Assad’s approval.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that helicopters on Sunday dropped explosive-laden barrels on the rebel-held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria’s Aleppo province, killing at least 24 people, including two women and four children. […]