Middle East matters

Syrian crisis: What is Russia's strategy?

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin used his speech to the UN General Assembly to draw attention to his efforts in Syria. Putin is calling for a broad coalition to fight Islamic State group jihadists. But his continued support for Bashar al-Assad raises a red flag for many Western countries, including the US and France.


Also, after the tragedy at the Hajj pilgrimage, regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia face off over who's to blame.

And we'll take you to the new Palestinian development of Rawabi in the West Bank, the first planned Palestinian new town there in many years.

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