Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spurned any hopes of negotiations in the war in Syria, calling rebels terrorists. the international community responsed with concern and anger at Assad's speech, his first in public in more than half a year.
Islamist fighters have captured large parts of a strategic city in Syria's northwest. Jisr al-Shughour was made the Syrian forces' de facto provincial capital, following the rebels' takeover of Idlib city last month.
Anti-regime groups have made gains in a joint offensive on a bastion of Syria's government. As the country's civil war continues, the UN-appointed mediator is hoping to restart peace talks.
Former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced by a court to 20 years in prison. Egypt's judiciary has once again handed down a politically motivated judgment, writes DW's Rainer Sollich.
Military and logistic support from Turkey was the key factor in extremists' takeover of Idlib, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said. He has also blamed Ankara for the failure of a UN ceasefire plan in Aleppo.