Kreshnik B. is the first Islamic State fighter to stand trial in a German court. He wants to testify and is hoping for a lenient sentence. But in Frankfurt's Higher Regional Court, he talked his way into trouble.
The US has urged Israeli and Palestinian officials to exercise restraint amid spiraling tensions in Jerusalem. John Kerry has condemned the shooting of Israeli hard-liner Yehuda Glick, who also holds US citizenship.
The first of a group of nearly 200 Iraqi Kurdish fighters has arrived in Kobani to fight against "Islamic State" jihadists. Under international pressure, Turkey recently agreed to allow the fighters to pass the border.
Israel has closed a contested Muslim-Jewish holy site in Jerusalem following the shooting of a Jewish ultranationalist. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the move as a "declaration of war."
Temple Mount in Jerusalem was closed after the shooting of a prominent right-wing rabbi and after the suspected Palestinian attacker was tracked down and shot dead by Israeli police.
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A German advance mission has been dispatched to Iraq to scope out the potential for Germany to expand training of peshmerga forces. Germany has already sent weapons to aid the Kurds in the battle against "IS" militants.
Sweden has announced that it will officially recognize the state of Palestine on Thursday. It will become the first EU member in western Europe to do so, in a move strongly condemned by Israel.
Warring armed groups in Libya are committing "widespread abuse," according to Amnesty International. The organization has warned that militia leaders could face trial by the International Criminal Court.
Israeli police have killed a Palestinian man suspected of having tried to kill a far-right Jewish activist in Jerusalem. The attack has fueled fears of further violence amid heightened Jewish-Arab tensions in the city.
Sixty people have been executed in Saudi Arabia since the start of 2014. Even religion-related crimes can carry the death penalty, because the kingdom sees itself as the protector of Sunni Islam.
A right-wing activist has been shot in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yehuda Glick was leaving a conference to promote Jewish prayer at a flashpoint Old City compound holy to Muslims.
Syria's army has barrel-bombed a displaced persons camp in the north, according to residents, with video footage appearing to show charred and dismembered bodies. Regime forces have repeatedly hit the Idlib province.
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