When it comes to world affairs, US President Barack Obama has a cautious hand. He has shown he would rather wait things out, then react too soon. But lack of US initiative in Syria has serious consequences for the region.
Tensions between Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iran are putting a strain on the entire region, with Israel at risk of being drawn into a war with Hezbollah, as Tania Krämer reports.
In a joint statement on Syria, the US president and his Russian counterpart have agreed to fight "IS" extremists together. At a regional summit, the leaders also denied claims of Moscow interference in the US election.
Syria's complex and devastating civil war has drawn in multiple foreign powers since it broke out in 2011. DW examines where four key countries stand on the conflict.
Representatives of numerous countries are meeting in Astana to try to reach a ceasefire in Syria. The diplomats are confronted with huge challenges, and will struggle to achieve even small successes.
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