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.
Two British men who travelled to Syria to join rebel fighters have been jailed for 12 years and 8 months.
In the early hours of the morning, US air strikes targeted Islamic State and other Islamist groups in Syria for the first time. Channel 4 News asks whether it is legal, and where it might end.