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  • Obama: US can meet goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-28-16 8:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. can meet his goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year.

  • UN: More aid deliveries in Syria, but people still starving 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 7:16 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that despite increased aid deliveries in Syria, people are still starving without medical care and said the world should be "ashamed" at the devastating human toll in five years of "senseless" fighting.

  • American state senator meets with Syrian President Assad 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 2:01 pm

    BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad scored a minor, if bizarre, publicity victory Thursday, receiving a part-time state senator from America at a time when U.S. officials have repeatedly asserted Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule the war-torn country.

  • UN envoy appeals to US, Russia to help Syria peace talks story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 11:39 pm

    GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria appealed to the U.S. and Russia to intervene to help revive Syrian peace talks that sputtered to a pause Wednesday, saying a recent spike in fighting has overshadowed the talks and put an increasingly feeble truce in "great danger."

  • Cruz' ex co-chair in Virginia heads to Syria, praises Assad story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 8:58 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Sen. Ted Cruz's former campaign co-chairman in Virginia has traveled to Syria and promised support for the government of President Bashar Assad, who U.S. officials have repeatedly said has lost the legitimacy to rule the war-torn country.

  • Trump struggles to explain 'America first' foreign policy story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-27-16 5:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his "America first" foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures.

  • In Damascus, an uneasy stability boosts Syria's Assad story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-16 10:49 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Looking out from the Syrian capital these days, one can understand why President Bashar Assad would be in no hurry to make concessions at peace talks in Geneva, let alone consider stepping down as the opposition demands.

  • Aid reaches besieged Syria town amid concerns for truce story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-16 2:18 am

    BEIRUT - The U.N. special envoy for Syria said there was "real but modest" progress in the country's humanitarian situation despite a stumbling cease-fire, as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold.

  • Talks stalled, Syrian opposition to stay in Geneva next week story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-16 2:00 am

    BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war and peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

  • In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.

  • Republican senators concerned over colleague's Sept. 11 bill story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 12:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - Key Senate Republicans are divided over a GOP colleague's bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

  • The Latest: White House touts security agreements in Gulf story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 10:57 am

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Latest on President Barack Obama's meeting with top officials from six Arab nations in Saudi Arabia. (all times local):

  • Sept. 11 families upset by White House effort to derail bill story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-16 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - Families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks say they are "greatly distressed" that the Obama administration is working to derail legislation giving them the right to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the attack.

  • Family of journalist slain by Islamic State sues Syria 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 2:17 pm

    MIAMI - The family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff is suing Syria in U.S. court, claiming the government of President Bashar Assad provided support to Islamic State militants who carried out the gruesome beheading.

  • In Saudi visit, Obama faces 'curveball' in ties with kingdom story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-16 11:35 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When President Barack Obama arrives in the Saudi capital on Wednesday, he'll face an increasingly assertive leadership still heavily dependent on U.S. weapons and military might that nonetheless has little trust in him and essentially believes it's been thrown a curveball.

  • Syria talks resume, chances seen as very slim amid violence 
    Updated: Apr-16-16 1:49 pm

    BEIRUT - Indirect peace talks between Syria's warring parties have resumed in Geneva to the backdrop of escalating violence in the country's north and a refusal by the Syrian government to negotiate a transitional government, a key opposition demand.

  • French president vows support for Lebanon during visit 
    Updated: Apr-16-16 12:38 pm

    BEIRUT - French President Francois Hollande said Saturday his country will stand by Lebanon to boost security in the tiny Arab country that is "surrounded by crisis and wars" and urged the parliament to elect a new president whose post has been vacant for nearly two years.

  • Islamic leaders pledge to combat terrorism, sectarianism story has photos
    Updated: Apr-15-16 3:32 pm

    ISTANBUL - A two-day summit bringing together leaders of the Islamic world concluded in the Turkish city of Istanbul with a pledge to combat terrorism and overcome sectarian divide.

  • Obama claims progress on Islamic State amid worrying signs story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 6:56 pm

    LANGLEY, Virginia - President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, even as political turmoil in Iraq and renewed violence in Syria threatened to jeopardize hard-fought gains.

  • Analysis: Iran nuclear deal puts US in bind amid criticism 
    Updated: Apr-11-16 4:11 am

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is in a bind. Between Iran and a hard place.

  • Family of US citizen released by Syria is thankful 
    Updated: Apr-10-16 3:14 am

    SEATTLE - The Seattle-area family of a U.S. citizen released from captivity by the Syrian government said they were grateful for efforts by the U.S. government over the past three years to secure his freedom.

  • In Bahrain, Kerry treads carefully on human rights story has photos
    Updated: Apr-07-16 11:12 am

    MANAMA, Bahrain - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry dealt delicately on Thursday with concerns about persistent human rights abuses in Bahrain, stressing America's close military ties to one of several Persian Gulf countries with which it wants to enhance cooperation on fighting the Islamic State and containing Iran.

  • Editorials from around Pennsylvania 
    Updated: Apr-06-16 12:02 pm

    Editorials from around Pennsylvania:

  • US says Iran forces pulling back in Syria; others say no 
    Updated: Apr-04-16 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government said Monday it has dispatched commandos to the war and it is still taking high-ranking casualties.

  • IS threat growing as Turkey focuses on Kurds 
    Updated: Apr-01-16 12:43 pm

    ISTANBUL - As Turkey pushes its campaign against Kurdish militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party another deadly foe is gaining momentum - the Islamic State group.