Germany holds Syrian over UN kidnapping
Friday, 22 January 2016 17:49
Germany holds Syrian over UN kidnappingImage copyrightReutersImage caption The man arrested in Stuttgart is alleged to be a member of al-Nusra Front (file picture)

A Syrian has been arrested in the south German city of Stuttgart on suspicion of helping to kidnap a UN peacekeeper in Damascus, prosecutors say.

The peacekeeper escaped in October 2013,...

Switzerland 'made secret PLO deal'
Friday, 22 January 2016 16:54
Scene at Dawson's Field, JordanImage copyrightNBCImage caption Hijacked planes were taken to Dawson's Field airstrip

Controversy is growing in Switzerland over an alleged secret deal, made almost 50 years ago, between the Swiss government and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

The agreement, detailed in a new book, was apparently...

Migration 'putting EU at grave risk'
Friday, 22 January 2016 13:20
Media captionLyse Doucet spoke to the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned that Europe's migration crisis is putting the EU at grave risk.

Mr Valls told the BBC Europe could not take all the refugees fleeing what he called terrible wars in Iraq or Syria.

"Otherwise," he said, "our societies will be totally...

Russian economy to recover in one or two years despite oil prices
Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:55

The Russian economy may recover in the next two years regardless of what will be happening to oil prices, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said.

Kudrin, who chairs the Committee of Civil Initiatives, earlier expressed pessimistic forecasts about the Russian ruble and the crisis in Russia. Surprisingly, at the World Economic Forum in Davos,...

Putin's rating will fall only after everything else falls
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:44

Russia has left China behind to become the world's second strongest power, according to the rating of US News & World Report that was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In the new rating, Russia was ranked second in the world for its military power and influence on world politics. The United States is ranked first; the fourth...

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