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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in comments broadcast on Sunday that the success of Russia's military intervention in his country's civil war was vital for the whole Middle East. "The alliance between Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran must succeed or else the whole region will be destroyed," he said in an interview broadcast by Iranian state television. Russia on Wednesday launched air strikes in Syria in a move Moscow insists is aimed at fighting the Islamic State group.
At least 16 people were killed in violent storms and floods that struck the chic French Riviera overnight, and four others were missing, French authorities said on Sunday. Up to 180 millimetres (seven inches) of rain fell in just three hours, transforming the glitzy streets of Cannes, Nice and Antibes into debris-strewn rivers. In Cannes -- home of the famous film festival -- the torrent carried some cars out to sea, city hall said.