Iran, China vow tighter ties as Xi visitsIranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday hailed a “new chapter” in relations with China after talks with President Xi Jinping, who is touring the region to boost Beijing’s…
USA - SYRIA - TURKEY
Biden says US prepared for military solution in SyriaUS Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution in Syria if a political settlement was not possible.
Syrian opposition balks at talks, reiterates demandsThe Saudi-backed Syrian opposition ruled out even indirect negotiations with Damascus until certain conditions are met, despite US Secretary of State John Kerry’s insistence that…
Cousin of Syria's Assad sentenced for murderA cousin of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of a military officer last summer, a security source said Friday.
‘Caliphates never corresponded to the myth’Historian Nabil Mouline, whose latest book examines the concept of the caliphate in the Islamist imagination, discusses the lure of the Islamic State (IS) group with FRANCE 24.
FRANCE - ISRAEL
France's criminalisation of Israel boycotts sparks debateFrance’s prime minister has criticised boycotts of Israeli products, saying they fuel anti-Semitic sentiment. But critics say using France's strict laws against "inciting…
IS group visual provides clues to Paris attacksIn a 56-page spread featuring the usual jihadist diatribe, the photomontage on the second-last page of the latest issue of Dabiq, the Islamic State (IS) group’s online magazine,…
IRAQ - SYRIA
IS group slashes fighters’ salaries ‘in half’The Islamic State jihadist group has announced plans to halve the monthly salaries of its members in Syria and Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.
IRAQ - SYRIA
US, allies to intensify fight against IS groupUS Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday that defence ministers from France and five other countries have agreed to intensify the campaign against the Islamic State…
Syria's Deir Ezzor residents fear IS group 'massacre'A deadly Islamic State group assault on Deir Ezzor has seen the jihadists tighten their siege on the eastern Syrian city and left residents terrified and fearing the worst.
IS group confirms ‘Jihadi John’ killed in Syria drone strikeThe Islamic State (IS) group confirmed on Tuesday that "Jihadi John," a British citizen who appeared in several videos in which Western journalists and aid workers were beheaded,…
Lebanon’s Aoun wins rival’s backing for presidencyIn a surprise reversal, a leading Lebanese politician on Monday endorsed the presidential candidacy of a rival, Michel Aoun, potentially defusing an 18-month crisis over the post.
USA - IRAQ
US ‘working to locate’ kidnapped Americans in IraqSearch operations were underway Monday for three Americans kidnapped from a "suspicious apartment" in Baghdad, in a rare abduction of Western nationals in the Iraqi capital.
USA - IRAN
Obama hails ‘smart’ diplomacy on IranThe US and Iranian presidents on Sunday hailed the implementation of Tehran's nuclear deal as historic, even as new American sanctions threatened fresh tensions.