Reuters | Wednesday October 07, 2015, Paris, France
France dismissed Russian suggestions today that Syrian government forces and moderate rebels could immediately join in fighting Islamic State militants, saying it would be impossible while President Bashar al-Assad was in power.
Reuters | Wednesday October 07, 2015, Beirut, Lebanon
Russian air strikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of a US-trained rebel group in Syria, their commander said today, in an expansion of Russian attacks on insurgents backed by foreign enemies of President Bashar al-Assad.
Russian warships joined in strikes in Syria with a volley of cruise missile attacks Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his air force would back a ground offensive by government forces.
Failure to act in Syria risks stoking a "total war" in the Middle East, French President Francois Hollande said in a landmark speech to the European Parliament alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son Bilal on Wednesday said he had temporarily moved to Italy to complete his doctoral studies but denied fleeing Turkey after being implicated in a corruption scandal.
Edward Snowden has asked that he be allowed to return to the US and go to jail for leaking details of National Security Agency (NSA) programmes to intercept electronic communications data on a vast scale.
Reuters | Wednesday October 07, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel
A suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, snatched his gun and was then shot dead by special forces on Wednesday, police said, as a surge of violence prompted Israel's prime minister to cancel a visit to Germany.