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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President François Hollande (R) meet in Paris on Friday
04/10/2015 - FRANCE - RUSSIa - SYRIa

Hollande calls on Putin to target IS in Syria air strikes

French President François Hollande has warned that a "partition of Syria" could lead to sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims across the Middle East.
Port of Latakia
01/10/2015 - Russia - Syria

Russia’s growing involvement in Syria criticised by moderate opposition

Russia says it has employed 50 war planes and bombed Islamic State group targets in Syria. A statement from the foreign ministry says that these included a command centre and weapons depot.
Bashar al-Assad
30/09/2015 - France - Syria

France launches probe into Assad regime for crimes against humanity

France is investigating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime over alleged crimes against humanity, the Paris prosecutor's office said Wednesday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
28/09/2015 - France - Syria

France, Assad should unite against 'common enemy' in Syria, says French MP

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and France have a "common enemy", an MP visiting Syria said Monday, calling for a "united front” against the Islamic State armed group.

French President Francois Hollande announces the results of air strikes on Syria at the UN General Assembly in New York
27/09/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIa

French air strikes destroy IS camp in Syria, Hollande

French president François Hollande said that six jets hit a training camp of the Islamic State (IS) armed group near the town of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria on Sunday, shortly after Paris ...
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
27/09/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIa

France starts air strikes on IS in Syria

France has carried out its first air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) armed group in Syria, following its decision to expand its bombing campaign against the jihadists from neighbouring Iraq.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the four French MPs who visited Damascus in February
26/09/2015 - France - Syria

French MPs criticised for second trip to Assad's Syria

Three French MPs set off for Syria on Saturday to meet politicians and religious leaders, despite the uproar caused by a similar visit earlier this year and accusations that such trips give support ...
The four French journalists released from captivity arrive back in France (l-r) Edouard Elias, Didier François, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres
26/09/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIA

Second French jihadist named as possible Islamic State jailer

A French jihadist has been named as a possible jailer of Western hostages in Syria.
Asylum-seekers wait outside a train station in Budapest.
24/09/2015 - European Union

EU billion-euro refugee aid not enough, agencies

Refugee agencies welcomed European Union leaders's decision to increase aid for Syria's neighbours, including one billion euros managed through UN agencies, but said the sume is not enough.
Young Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr.
23/09/2015 - Saudi Arabia

Activists campaign to stop Saudi youth's crucifixion as kingdom heads UN rights panel

Saudi Arabia has dismissed the final appeal of a 21-year old man due to be beheaded and crucified for taking part in anti-government protests even though he was a minor at the time.
Clashes between Egyptian soldiers and Islamic State group jihadists in northern Sinai , seen from Rafah , July 2, 2015 .
22/09/2015 - EGYPT

NGOs slam Egypt for detroying Sinai homes in anti-Islamic State fight

Egypt’s government has forcibly evicted 3,200 families in the Sinai Peninsula since it came to power in 2013, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Elysee Palace on Tuesday

Hollande calls for calm at Al Aqsa mosque after meeting Abbas in Paris

French President François Hollande called for calm at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris Tuesday.
Refugees receiving medical care after arriving at the housing centre in Cergy
21/09/2015 - Report: France - Syria

Syrian refugees agree to stay in France, despite negative reputation

France has agreed to take in 24,000 refugees over the next two years, but few people appear to want to come to France.

Trade Minister Matthias Fekl will lead the team to Tehran
19/09/2015 - FRANCE - IRAN

Huge French delegation heads to Iran

A delegation of French politicians and representatives from more than 100 firms will go to Iran on Sunday to rebuild trade ties, following a July accord to curb Tehran’s nuclear ...
Migrants are escorted out of the camp under the Charles de Gaulle bridge near the Gare d'Austerlitz station in Paris, 17 September 2015
17/09/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIa

Paris migrants' camps cleared after French MPs debate refugee crisis

Two migrants' camps in Paris were cleared on Thursday morning, the day after parliament debated the government's pledge to accept a European Union quota of 24,000 refugees.