"While Merkel herself may not be missed much, a power vacuum in Berlin is a blow for hopes to revive the EU"
Former economic adviser to the European Commission president
"If we do not set a successful narrative ourselves, Russia’s 'malign influence' will do that for the EU."
Radu Magdin, Adelina Jelescu
Strategy consultants and regional analysts
"This is how it is... Romanians are used to a hard life"
"“In ten years we will still have this same character that we have now. The character of the city with balance, with balance of nature, of leisure, of good quality of economy, and good accessibility from abroad.""
"Early diagnosis is essential."
Edmond Van Eeckhout
Alzheimer's patient carer
"If they misbehave and continue their silly games, they’ll find themselves staring at an empty chair in Brussels. The Golden Goose would have flown, without lea"
UK communications manager
"I feel much better, much safer after my meeting with Theresa May"
European Council President
"There is still time to change the direction and ensure that human rights are respected, but the point of no return is quickly coming into sight."
Poland Researcher, Amnesty International
The UN says at least 1,200 children suffer from malnutrition in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, under siege by government forces since 2013.
With Lebanon drawn into the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia, here is a look at some of the regional issues which have fed the crisis.
United Arab Emirates
French President Emmanuel Macron was the guest of honour at the event
Saudi Arabia has taken the world by surprise by carrying out a crack down on corruption which saw the arrest of several top-ranking officials.
The Syrian army and its allies have retaken Albu Kamal, the last town the jihadists controlled in the country.
Science and nature combine to create a spectacular sight as trees are covered in cobwebs.
The country is facing a devastating famine unless the current air, sea and land blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition is lifted.
United Arab Emirates
French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte joined Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince and Dubai's ruler at the official opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
France, Britain, the US, and Germany demand UN extend mandate on Syria chemical probe while Russia says there is not enough evidence.
Team which discovered hidden chamber in Egyptian pyramd developes new virtual reality tour
They were arrested for corruption but didn't have to give up their luxury lifestyle.
It's taken ten years but the Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally open. It sits under a honeycombed dome of eight layers of Arab-style geometric shapes and draws in the lapping waters of the Persian Gulf.
Young royal hopes to show his kingdom can be a leading player on the world stage.
Khalid Ali becomes to the first to announce challenging President al-Sisi for presidency in 2018
Attorney General says evidence is mounting as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carries out widespread anti-corruption purge.
Saudi clampdown reportedly widens. More reports emerge of detentions for alleged corruption.
Prince Alwaleed has been detained as part of Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption probe, to the shock of global financial centres.
The Syrian army has recaptured Deir El-Zour at the heart of its oil-producing region, but there is little worth saving among the ruins ISIL leaves behind.
Team England have broken the world record for the 'fastest hole of golf by a team of four'
In all, dozens of people have been targeted in an unprecedented crackdown
Yemen's Houthi rebels said they fired the missile and that the target was the Saudi capital's King Khaled Airport
The Lebanese PM quit, saying he believed that there is an assassination plot against him
Saad al-Hariri, prime minister of Lebanon, has resigned, attacking Iran and Hezbollah and saying his "life is in danger".
The woman has been in prison for a month.
Roaeda, a former university teacher is now holding a sniper rifle for the NDF instead of teaching students
It’s October and there are still some great spots to visit this time of year that offer sunshine, beach, culture and events, like a Regatta. Some
A female hippo decided to return to the zoo in Isreal where she made her escape from, after tasting the grass outside her usual living area.
The Syrian government have regained control over the eastern city of Deir al-Zor from so-called Islamic State
Some of Europe's best-known retailers are failing to stop the abuse of thousands of Syrian refugees working in Turkish factories in the country's multi-billion dollar garment industry.
Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass refutes the "breakthrough" findings, says it was known the pyramid had hollows inside it
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