US State Department report on global human rights singles out Syria as the worst offender. In particular it points to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus which killed hundreds of people last August
The German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR) has published its second annual report on the human rights situation in Germany. Hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers are facing challenges.
State interior ministers have agreed that the current ban on deporting Syrians back to their native country will remain in force for at least another year. Some states had proposed ending the ban in mid-2018.
The UN says 137 children under siege in the rebel-held suburb of Eastern Ghouta require immediate evacuation. Five children there are reported to have already died from a lack of medical care.
The jihadist group had suffered heavy losses in recent months and lost much of its territory in Syria. The Russian military said "not a single village" remains in IS control.
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