Syria: More foreign troops could enter conflict if talks fail

Major powers agreed on 12 February to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country. In an interview with Dubai-based Orient TV in Munich, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said that if the peace plan fails, more foreign troops could enter the conflict. Feb 13, 2016

Donald Trump: I’d love to run against ‘communist’ Bernie Sanders

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would love to run against Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in the general election, calling him a communist. Trump made the remarks at a rally in Tampa, Florida, which drew more than 10,000 people, according to local media. The New York billionaire marvelled at the size of the crowd, joking that the best location in the University of South Floridas Sun Dome was right behind him. Feb 13, 2016

Donald Trump: US becoming a ‘third-world country’

Fresh off his primary win in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump set his sights on South Carolina, on 10 February, the next state to hold a primary. While Trump had been expected to win New Hampshires nominating contest, he swamped the Republican field by almost 20 points, demonstrating that his passionate, anti-establishment supporters could be relied on to show up and vote when it counts. Feb 11, 2016

EU referendum: Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warns of Brexit

The NHS could be put under further pressure if the UK broke away from the EU, Tim Farron has suggested. The Liberal Democrat warned that elderly ex-pats, forced to return to Britain after a split from Brussels, would place a significant strain on public services. Feb 11, 2016