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  • new storyRussia, US plan another talk to avoid air conflicts in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 11:48 am

    NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy - Russia has informed the United States that Moscow is willing to continue talks to ensure that the two countries' aircraft don't interfere with each other over Syria, senior U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

  • Syria's skies crowded with multiple air forces story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:56 am

    WASHINGTON - The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded - and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria's civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they are at risk of unintended conflict.

  • NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 5:48 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow's airstrikes in Syria, NATO denounced Russia on Monday for "irresponsible behavior" after its warplanes violated Turkish airspace, and Turkey warned that any future aerial intruder would be treated like an enemy.

  • Turkey seeks EU backing for Syria no-fly, buffer zones 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:37 pm

    BRUSSELS - Turkey's president sought European backing on Monday for the creation of buffer and no-fly zones on the Syrian border, saying that such moves are key to ending the refugee crisis.

  • US officials question Russian flight incursion into Turkey 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:13 pm

    MADRID - The U.S. does not believe Russia's incursion into Turkey's airspace was an accident, a senior U.S. official said Monday, adding that urgent talks are underway on what to do about the weekend incident.

  • Russia launches new wave of air raids in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 1:16 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Russian warplanes have attacked the Islamic State group and other insurgents in central and northern Syria with a wave of new airstrikes, Syrian and Russian military officials said Saturday as an activist group said Russia's air raids have killed 39 civilians over the three past days.

  • Syrian opposition says leader met UN chief on Russia strikes 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:45 am

    UNITED NATIONS - The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition opposition group said its leader met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and urged him to speak out against Russian airstrikes, as a U.N. gathering of world leaders neared its end Saturday.

  • Obama criticizes Russia on Syria, defends his own strategy story has video
    Updated: Oct-03-15 3:10 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is vehemently rejecting Russia's military actions in Syria as self-defeating and dismissing the idea that Moscow is strengthening its hand in the region. He vows not to let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia "proxy war."

  • Obama rejects Russian approach to ending Syrian war 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war.

  • The Latest: Hollande: Only 1 of Russia's raids hit IS story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 3:03 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Kasich calls for Syria no-fly zones, warns Russia to comply story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 2:17 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday the United States should establish no-fly zones and sanctuaries along Syria's border with Jordan and Turkey, and warn aggressors, specifically Russian President Vladimir Putin, that they violate those buffers at their own risk.

  • Clinton backs potential no-fly zone in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 12:55 am

    BOSTON - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday she would push for a no-fly zone and safe regions in Syria to address the humanitarian crisis that has spilled out in the Middle East.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm

    Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college before dying in shootout; at least 9 dead

  • Russia criticizes US for seeking ouster of Syria's Assad story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:01 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Russia's foreign minister criticized the United States and other countries trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, warning that U.S.-led campaigns that got rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi brought those countries turmoil, not peace.

  • Russia confounds US with Syria military moves story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:04 pm

    NEW YORK - Now, 1,506 days since the Obama administration first declared that Syrian President Bashar Assad's "days are numbered," he's still there, and a convergence of Western trepidation and Russian resolve could strengthen his position further. But it also could set the stage for a long-sought political transition leading to the end of the Assad family's 45-year rule.

  • The Latest: Russia says not invited to strike in Iraq story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 12:01 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Europe, US split over form of Syria talks story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:17 am

    UNITED NATIONS - Nine nations or five? In speeches at this year's U.N. gathering of world leaders, major powers are increasing calls for multilateral negotiations to end the war in Syria. But Europe and the United States are split on who should be at the table.

  • Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 1:16 am

    MOSCOW - Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow's role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

  • The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 12:37 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • France investigates alleged crimes against humanity by Assad story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 10:35 am

    PARIS - Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into French government accusations that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has committed crimes against humanity.

  • Syria's Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 8:01 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The office of Syrian President Bashar Assad is welcoming Russia's decision to send troops to Syria, saying the military support came at the request of Damascus.

  • Saudi minister: There's a military option to oust Assad 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 11:29 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Tuesday there is a military option in Syria that will end with the removal of President Bashar Assad if the preferred political option does not lead to his departure.

  • AP Interview: NATO chief urges Russia to be constructive story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 5:31 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is calling on Russia to play a constructive role in restoring peace in war-ravaged Syria.

  • In year of diplomatic triumphs, Obama still dogged by Syria story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-29-15 4:35 pm

    NEW YORK - In a year of diplomatic breakthroughs, President Barack Obama can't escape the shadow of Syria's intractable crisis.

  • After ruinous war, Syria regions may go separate ways story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 9:15 am

    BEIRUT - Syria has already been shattered by more than four years of civil war, and with no solution in sight, some players on the ground and observers outside have concluded its fate will be to break up along sectarian or regional lines - in a best-case scenario, tenuously held together by a less centralized state.