Russia has spent the past year openly fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops. The decision to do so is a risky one.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says great progress has been made in addressing the refugee situation in Germany. She also warned Germans "not to forget history."
After accusations of election fraud and mass protests five years ago, the Russian government has worked hard to make Sunday's parliamentary elections look fair. However, experts agree that appearances are deceiving.
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