His obsession with a Kurdish threat hampers more urgent attention to the terrorist menace emanating from Syria and Iraq.
The international community must step in to save the war-torn state from imploding, the US warns.
European leaders, backed by President Barack Obama, have come to an uncomfortable conclusion: they need Russia.
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast in Thailand, with everyone from Islamist groups and the Uighur to a lone operative being blamed.
The president's unrelenting bid for a third term is raising tensions that could inflame the region.
A crisis looms as the prime minister opposes Recep Erdogan's desire to be a superpresident.
An agreement would also boost the legacies of the presidents of both Iran and the United States.
When in the past European governments have paid ransoms of whatever kind to free their nationals, they have been accused of letting the side down.
The sands are shifting under the Arab kingdom's feet but the absolutist country is loath to adapt.
The collapse of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme would be potentially cataclysmic.