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  • The Latest: Turkey confirms shelling Kurds in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 5:46 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria as government troops, backed by Russian air power, continue to encircle rebel-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo (all times local):

  • Syria truce hopes dim as Russia is skeptical, fighting rages story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 1:27 pm

    MUNICH - Hopes of securing a temporary truce in Syria within a week dimmed Saturday as Syrian government forces tightened the noose around rebel-held parts of Aleppo and Russia's foreign minister put the chances of a quick truce at less than 50 percent. His comments and strong words from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry underscored deep U.S.-Russian disagreements over Syria.

  • The Latest: US has 'profound interest' in UK staying in EU story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 11:58 am

    MUNICH - The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local):

  • Kerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 7:47 am

    MUNICH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of "repeated aggression" in both places.

  • The Latest: Aid group says over 100,000 have fled Aleppo story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 3:29 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):

  • Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 1:37 am

    MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.

  • Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 1:26 pm

    BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.

  • Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:14 pm

    MUNICH - Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

  • Turkish leaders lash out at UN demands to open border story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 12:16 pm

    KILIS, Turkey - Turkey's leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop the Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus.

  • AP Exclusive: Iranian drone first over US carrier since 2014 story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:16 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier last month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, according to a U.S. Navy report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • Intelligence officials: IS determined to strike US this year story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, telling lawmakers that a small group of violent extremists will attempt to overcome the logistical challenges of mounting such an attack.

  • Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 3:22 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.

  • Hundreds of thousands celebrate Carnival in Cologne story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 1:07 pm

    COLOGNE, Germany - Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of Cologne for its annual Rose Monday parade, the culmination of five days of Carnival festivities that took place amid heightened security following robberies and sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve.

  • Romania: British travel writer's death treated as suspicious 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 6:46 am

    BUCHAREST, Romania - Romanian police have classified the death of a British travel writer as suspicious, almost a month after his decomposing body was found in his Bucharest apartment.

  • Analysis: Pause in Syrian talks shows peace remains elusive story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 2:05 pm

    BEIRUT - It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination.

  • Top Israeli general calls IS 'our enemy' 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 9:29 am

    TEL AVIV, Israel - A top Israeli general said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is "our enemy" and that Israel is sharing intelligence with allies battling the extremists despite remaining on the sidelines of Syria's civil war.

  • Donors face record request of $9 billion to aid Syrians story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 7:05 am

    AMMAN, Jordan - International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday's annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016.

  • Source: Cyprus blocks 18 Syria-bound foreigners, 15 succeed 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 4:51 am

    NICOSIA, Cyprus - Authorities in Cyprus have in the last two years prevented 18 foreign nationals from heading to Syria and possibly joining the Islamic State Group through the ethnically divided island's breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, an official said Tuesday.

  • Venezuela's UN envoy: Not concerned about US investigations story has photos
    Updated: Feb-01-16 7:52 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations dismissed the possibility of cooperating with U.S. investigations into billion-dollar bribery schemes that allegedly occurred at the country's state-run oil company while he was in charge.

  • In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region 
    Updated: Jan-29-16 5:40 am

    BEIRUT - In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war.

  • Car-making deals, protests greet Iranian president in Paris story has photos
    Updated: Jan-28-16 3:09 pm

    PARIS - France's government welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with promises of a new beginning in an old relationship, starting with investments to boost Iran's flagging economy that has been crippled by decades of sanctions.

  • Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.

  • UN envoy lowers expectations ahead of Syria talks on Friday story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 3:43 pm

    GENEVA - Lowering expectations about his ability to help end Syria's civil war, the U.N. special envoy announced talks between government and opposition representatives will start on Friday to embark on a six-month process that he hopes will include civil society and women's groups.

  • Kerry dismisses posturing ahead of peace talks on Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 11:28 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday dismissed Syrian government claims and opposition complaints as posturing ahead of U.N.-led peace talks that are to begin Friday and last six months.

  • Kerry says US-Saudi friendship stronger than ever story has photos
    Updated: Jan-24-16 3:11 am

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the U.S. friendship with Saudi Arabia is stronger than ever and that the two will work together to try to end wars in Syria and Yemen.