Swedes are noticing new signs of an underground economy of those who choose to stay on without documentation – and grappling with how to handle the problem in a country long welcoming to refugees.
Any Iranian relief for Hezbollah will only partly address its client's needs. The militia's support for Syria's Assad is costly, and the US is trying to clamp down on its finances.
John Kerry hailed the results but noted they were "commitments on paper." It was not clear if deep and festering differences between the US and Russia on these issues could be overcome.
Thousands of rebel fighters are on the verge of being surrounded by pro-regime forces in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. For that, Assad can thank Russia's intervention.
Amid a Russian-backed regime offensive in Aleppo, rebel factions in Syria say they face defeat without imminent military aid from the US, Turkey, and other allies.
Tens of thousands of Syrians are fleeing a Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo. Turkish aid groups are providing food and shelter to those trapped over the border.
Syrians are finding it increasingly difficult to leave Raqqa, but airstrikes and inflation make life hard. Even those who side with the jihadists are ready to flee.
But sending refugees back is easier said than done. In 2014, EU nations returned less than 40 percent of the people who were ordered to be deported.
A government-backed program in Vienna is teaching refugees from the Mideast about everything from recycling to disciplining children to dating. Part 1 of a two-part story on Europe's efforts to integrate refugees.
Two-thirds of the staff at Vienna's 'trendy' Magdas Hotel are asylum recipients. Caritas, the charity that backs the hotel, hopes to export the project to other cities across Europe.
Seven months after the collapse of the Turkish-PKK peace process, the fighting is relentless and both sides are convinced now is the time to press their advantage.
Oil prices have dropped to 12-year-lows, dragging the Russian currency along with it. But the Russian economy may be able to withstand the crunch for now.
The Russian public is worried about a full-on conflict with the US, fed in part by a drumbeat from the Kremlin and in part by US and NATO foreign policies.
Most of those killed Tuesday by a Saudi-born suicide bomber were German tourists. Was Turkey targeted because of its role battling terrorism or its policy on Syria?
While Syria is allowing some food aid to be delivered, the horrific images of starvation in Madaya are causing an anti-Hezbollah backlash in neighboring Lebanon.
Iran and Saudi Arabia were already in opposing camps regarding a solution to Syria's civil war. A UN envoy is trying to keep the process on track.
Naji Jerf, who was assassinated Sunday, would be the third journalist to have been targeted by Islamic State on Turkish soil. The murders could impact efforts to get word out about IS abuses.
The explosion was the latest blow to the rebels after the assassination of Zahran Allouch, a powerful rebel leader, on the outskirts of Damascus.
On the Saturday before Christmas, Palestinian Christians hosted a celebration at their small refugee camp in Lebanon. 'We know what the Syrians are going through.'
A fallout with Russia that threatens Turkey's gas imports is a prime reason to restore ties with Israel, but the Gaza blockade remains a sticking point.
President Vladimir Putin gave little away during Thursday's event, but his mastery of the virtual town-hall meeting was evident.
If the United States and Russia can overcome their two main sticking points – on 'moderate' rebels and Assad's role in future talks – Syrian diplomacy can move forward, analysts say.
The acrimony between Moscow and Ankara over the downing of a Russian bomber in Syria has cut Russians off from Turkish produce, and reduced their vacation options to boot.
After Turkey downed a Russian bomber along the border with Syria, the clash between the two leaders has become personal. Russian sanctions are already biting.
Britain's Parliament will vote today on a proposal to join the US-led military campaign against Islamic State in Syria. Germany is prepared to send troops in a support role.
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