Rebels bombarded government-held areas of Aleppo with rockets on Tuesday, killing 19 people and hitting a hospital, while also launching a ground assault on army-held positions of the divided city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Syrian army said insurgents had launched a widespread assault and that it was responding. The army statement said the attack was at "a time when international and local efforts are being made to shore up the (cessation of hostilities agreement) and to implement ... calm in Aleppo".
The wildly popular hip-hop musical "Hamilton," a tale of America's founding fathers that has won fans as high-profile as US President Barack Obama, netted a record 16 Tony nominations Tuesday. The much-acclaimed production by Lin-Manuel Miranda -- who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for the work -- received nods across the board for the awards honoring Broadway's best, to be handed out in June. In the best actor and featured actor categories, the show's stars -- including Miranda as Alexander Hamilton -- will compete against each other for top honors.