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Syria's President Bashar Assad. © SANA / Reuters
Assad: Trump could become Syria’s ‘natural ally"

Syrian President said that if US President-elect Donald Trumpl sticks to his promises, the US may become Syria’s “natural ally”.

Assad: Trump could become Syria’s ‘natural ally"
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany

Growing xenophobia and rightwing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany.

Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
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Trump son compares Syrian refugees to poisoned candies

Donald Trump's eldest son triggered an online storm with a tweet comparing Syrian refugees to a bowl containing an assortment of candies.

Trump son compares Syrian refugees to poisoned candies
Iran president calls on Muslims to punish Saudi 'crimes'
Iran president calls on Muslims to punish Saudi 'crimes'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Wednesday on the Muslim world to unite and punish the Saudi government.

Iran president calls on Muslims to punish Saudi 'crimes'
Russia announces first Syria strikes from Iran base
Russia announces first Syria strikes from Iran base

Russian warplanes on Tuesday flew a bombing run from an Iranian airstrip against jihadist groups in war-torn Syria.

Russia announces first Syria strikes from Iran base
Syrian migrant killed by own bomb near German music festival
Syrian migrant killed by own bomb near German music festival

A Syrian migrant set off an explosive device near a music festival in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others.

Syrian migrant killed by own bomb near German music festival
Germany puts refugees to work... for one euro
Germany puts refugees to work... for one euro

With a spoon and spatula in hand an Iraqi refugee lifts the lid on a large pot filled with goulash and potatoes as he begins his shift.

Germany puts refugees to work... for one euro
Gaza Salafists look to IS for inspiration
Gaza Salafists look to IS for inspiration

Militants inspired by the Islamic State group's ideology are seeking to benefit from the desperation of young Palestinians to strengthen their foothold in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Salafists look to IS for inspiration
Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks: study
Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks: study

Economic concerns and the desire for a sense of purpose and revenge are the major factors pushing young Syrians into the arms of jihadist groups, a study released on Wednesday found.

Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks: study
Israel advises citizens to leave Turkey citing attack risk
Israel advises citizens to leave Turkey citing attack risk

Israel advised its citizens to leave Turkey citing the potential for jihadist attacks.

Israel advises citizens to leave Turkey citing attack risk
US and Russia to push Syrian political transition
US and Russia to push Syrian political transition

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's President Vladimir Putin agreed to intensify the drive for a political settlement in Syria but remained divided over Bashar al-Assad's future.

US and Russia to push Syrian political transition
Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria
Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria

Russia has begun to withdraw military equipment from Syria, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

Moscow begins withdrawal of military equipment from Syria
EU's Tusk defends use of barbed wire against migrants
EU's Tusk defends use of barbed wire against migrants

EU president Donald Tusk defended the use of barbed-wire fences against migrants.

EU's Tusk defends use of barbed wire against migrants
Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war
Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war

Syria's brutal five-year war has turned increasingly messy tangle of internal and external players with their own multi-faceted agendas.

Chaotic mix of actors and interests in Syria war
Germany stunned by rash of New Year's sex assaults
Germany stunned by rash of New Year's sex assaults

The German government condemned dozens of coordinated sexual assaults against women on New Year's Eve in Cologne blamed on Arab men.

Germany stunned by rash of New Year's sex assaults
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Turkish Internet servers reeling under huge cyber attack

Turkish Internet servers are suffering a powerful cyber attack from abroad, slowing banking services and fanning fears.

Turkish Internet servers reeling under huge cyber attack
Assad says enemies boosting his opponents
Assad says enemies boosting his opponents

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his enemies have increased support for rebels fighting his regime as loyalists backed by Russia and Iran push an offensive to regain lost territory.

Assad says enemies boosting his opponents
French PM Valls calls on Gulf to accept more refugees
French PM Valls calls on Gulf to accept more refugees

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the Gulf states to accept more refugees fleeing Syria, saying that a "humanitarian disaster" could erupt in the Balkans if Europe does not control its borders.

French PM Valls calls on Gulf to accept more refugees
NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed
NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that the military alliance stands by key ally Turkey after it shot down a Russia fighter jet on the Syrian border but urged both sides to try to calm the crisis.

NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed
Lavrov warns citizens off travel to Turkey as cancels visit
Lavrov warns citizens off travel to Turkey as cancels visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recommended against Russians travelling to Turkey and cancelled his own planned visit after Ankara shot down a Russian fighter jet.

Lavrov warns citizens off travel to Turkey as cancels visit