French ground forces are heading to northern Mali to fight Islamist rebels. A West African regional force is expected to join the conflict in the coming days, with logistical help from Germany.
A group of French parliamentarians has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The French government has distanced themselves from the trip, saying it was not officially sanctioned.
Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel are in Ukraine with a proposal to end the civil war. As the German chancellor and French president arrived, John Kerry said Russia’s Vladimir Putin could end the conflict.
German police have arrested two people in Berlin following raids on numerous properties linked to radical Islamic Salafists. The searches began shortly after Belgium police killed two men in a similar police operation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's party deputy has called for stricter adherence to freedom of opinion with regard to PEGIDA and some of its far-right slogans. But she rejected implications she was defending the Hitler salute.
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