Dozens of people have been killed in multiple attacks across Paris. In a televised address to the nation, President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that the country's borders would be sealed.
Three people have been detained in connection with August's terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. The arrests were made in the French regions of Gard and Tarn, following a joint French and Spanish police operation.
Jawad Bendaoud had argued that he had no knowledge of the attackers' plans, which killed 130 individuals. He will walk free after a court found that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of terrorism charges.
The Syrian opposition and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are not the only groups fighting in the conflict. Other countries have also intervened to pursue their own interests.
Egypt is extending its state of emergency, first imposed following bomb attacks on two churches in April last year. An Islamist insurgency in Sinai has increasingly crept into other parts of Egypt, including Cairo.
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