Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he would consider a coalition against Islamic State, but this would be unlikely to include those backing rebel groups in his country.
The death toll from Syrian government air strikes on a market in an under-siege area of Damascus passes 100, making it one of the bloodiest attacks of the four-year war.
Barrel bombs, indiscriminate weapons responsible for the deaths of 11,000 civilians in the Syrian civil war, are the increasing weapons of choice of the Assad regime.
Turkey's AK party has lost its majority at a general election after 13 years in government - a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was seeking to cement his grip on power.
A Manchester chemistry teacher whose family hid his passport to try and stop him from going to Syria has been jailed for six years for planning to fight with Islamic State.
The Syrian government has said it is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of the northern city of Aleppo so a local ceasefire can be tested, a UN mediator says.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began his interview with the BBC's Jeremy Bowen by saying: "We need to talk about facts" - but very little else he said was grounded in reality.
Exclusive: two British men who have returned from the Syria conflict say they went to the Middle East on a humanitarian mission "against a brutal regime" - and insist they are not terrorists.