US soldiers have reportedly arrived in northern Syria - the first official deployment of US ground troops in the country. The troops are tasked with training Kurdish and Syrian opposition forces battling "Islamic State."
Germany plans to send reconnaissance jets to Syria, to help in the fight against "Islamic State," according to a Christian Democrat politician. French President Hollande appealed to Germany for help to fight the group.
French President Francois Hollande is headed to Moscow on a quest to seek unity against the "Islamic State" group. The visit comes amid a crisis in diplomatic relations between Russia and France's NATO ally Turkey.
As tensions rise between Ankara and Moscow, attention has shifted to an obscure ethnic group in the Middle East: the Turkmens of Syria. But who are the Turkmens and how do they fit into the ongoing war in the region?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey appears to be a planned provocation. Turkey has said it would like to avoid escalation.
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The Syrian army has returned one of two Russian pilots from a jet shot down by Turkey to a Russian airbase. Russia said it will deploy its advanced S-400 air defense system in response to Turkey's actions.
Presidents Francois Hollande and Barack Obama have vowed to ramp up their joint efforts to destroy Islamic State. France's strategy after the Paris attacks requires broad US cooperation and a role for Russia.
US President Barack Obama has called for a reduction in tensions after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet over Syria. He spoke by phone to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Afghan security forces have launched an operation to free at least 18 people taken hostage by the Taliban after a helicopter malfunctioned. Two of the hostages are Moldovan.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has kicked off a one-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories by condemning a wave of Palestinian attacks as terrorism. He is meeting with leaders from both sides.
Unidentified militants have carried out a car bomb attack on a hotel in north Sinai that is housing election judges. Several people were killed and wounded in the attack, which also involved a gunfight with police.
An almost two-month spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence shows little sign of abating. In one incident, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl has been shot dead, while an Israeli soldier was stabbed to death in another.