The SPD's Aydan Özoguz is the first politician of Turkish origin to hold a top post in Germany. As integration minister, she gives a voice to the country's many migrants - but she has not been without controversy. By Michael HartlepMore
President Bashar al-Assad's troops in Syria are gaining ground. British Middle East reporter Robert Fisk met some of them when he visited the front lines earlier this month. Interview by Michael HartlepMore
Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government has little to show for its first hundred days in office: the economy is still far from having recovered from the January 2011 revolution, energy prices are soaring, tourism is floundering and freedom of expression is not what it should be.