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.
Sjaak Rijke has been freed after nearly four years of captivity by a French military operation in the far north of Mali. Several militants have also been captured, the French defense ministry has said in a statement.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has addressed the recent Paris attacks, describing the freedom of the press as one of society's greatest treasure. She also said that Islam belongs to Germany as much as Judaism.