During a surprise visit to Syria, the Russian president said the task of fighting what he called 'armed bandits' was now mostly complete. He said a significant part of the Russian forces could now return home. And he praised the Russian military.
The Global Terrorism Index 2018 showed the decline was most pronounced in Iraq and Syria. Islamic State tops the list of deadliest terror groups, but far-right extremism is also on the rise.
Russian and Ukrainian naval forces have clashed in the Black Sea. Though the region lies on NATO's weak southeastern flank, the alliance is unlikely to intervene in an area where Russian and Western interests collide.
Following two days of tense talks in Vienna, a deal to reduce oil production has been struck by OPEC and Russia. Prices have already risen on the back of the news, but Donald Trump will not be pleased.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said IS fighters have captured hundreds of hostages, including several US and European nationals. He said they were taken from an area controlled by US-backed forces.
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