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September 22, 2014

Turkish presidential press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyio Erdogan  and his wife Ermine receiving freed Turkish consulate hostages at the Cankaya presidential Palace in Ankara. [AFP]
07:28 GMT
With President Erdogan refusing to explain why Isis decided to release 49 of the country’s diplomats, suspicions are growing about Ankara’s murky relationship with the self-styled caliphate.

September 19, 2014

France announced Thursday its plan to join U.S-led airstrikes in Iraq, but will stop short of intervening in Syria. (AFP/FIle)
09:46 GMT
France agreed Thursday to support to the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Iraq, but stopped short of Syria, saying they only agreed to activity in Iraq after requests from Baghdad. Meanwhile, the U.S. eyes operations to arm moderate Syrian rebels.