Syria's Assad blames France as Arab world condemns Paris attacks

Beirut (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sought to exploit the Paris attacks for political gain Friday, calling on France to change policies that he says have contributed to the "spread of terrorism".

Across the Middle East, most Arab governments expressed shock and anger at the gun and bomb assault that left at least 128 people dead.

The Islamic State group, a jihadist organisation that has declared a self-styled "caliphate" across parts of Iraq and Syria, said it carried out the...

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