Germany to boost defence spending by nearly €2bn in 2017 Germany has for years struggled to modernise its military as it becomes more involved in Nato operations.
Jordan boosts border forces amid IS threat from Iraq, Syria Brig. Gen. Sami Kafawin said he expects some IS fighters, increasingly on the defensive, to make their way to southern Syria and Jordan's border.
At least 30 firefighters killed, 75 injured in Tehran high-rise collapse The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar.
Assad hopes for “reconciliation” agreements from Astana peace talks Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, has played a leading role in organising the Astana talks with help from Iran and Turkey.