International donors have pledged $4.4 billion in aid for civilians caught up in the Syrian civil war. The sum committed at a two-day conference in Brussels was less than half of the $9 billion the UN says is needed to help those in need.
Foreign ministers from EU member states addressed Trump's call for European countries to repatriate foreign "Islamic State" fighters captured in Syria. They also discussed the situation in Venezuela and in Yemen.
Iran says it is working to improve the precision of its missiles for defense purposes. At the same time, the German-governed plan with France and the UK for payments to Iran despite US sanctions is moving ahead.
German politicians have repeated calls for new elections in Venezuela as the political crisis in the South American country deepens. The Left party has condemned the EU's "ultimatums."
Just two days after the EU set up a transactions channel with Iran to ease the Islamic country's financial woes, Tehran tested a cruise missile that experts say could force Brussels to review its Iran support.
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