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  • The Latest: Iran holds funeral for troops killed in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:02 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The Latest on the fighting in Syria, where government forces are waging a massive offensive around the northern city of Aleppo, once the country's largest. (all times local):

  • Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:09 pm

    BEIRUT - Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.

  • The Latest: Kerry says Russia, Assad not complying with UN story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:22 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria (all times Syria local):

  • 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.

  • Syrian opposition sharply divided ahead of peace talks story has photos
    Updated: Jan-22-16 6:11 pm

    BEIRUT - Syrian groups opposed to President Bashar Assad are still sharply divided on who should represent them at peace talks which were scheduled to begin Monday in Geneva but now appear to be delayed.

  • Analysis: Russia's tone familiar after spy poisoning report story has photos
    Updated: Jan-22-16 3:00 pm

    MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has made no public comment on the sensational report by a British judge that concluded the Kremlin leader probably approved a 2006 plan to kill a Russian dissident in London. Instead, his subordinates went before reporters and portrayed it as a groundless accusation concocted by a relentlessly hostile West.

  • France says airstrikes against Islamic State will accelerate 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 6:21 am

    PARIS - French President Francois Hollande says airstrikes against Islamic State extremists will accelerate in coming months.

  • Russia shows military might in Syria ahead of peace talks 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 4:16 pm

    HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria - Helicopter gunships sweep low around Russia's air base on the Syrian coast and long-range air-defense missile systems tower at the base's edge as warplanes take off one after another. The sound is deafening.

  • Kerry, Lavrov try to settle differences over Syrian talks story has photos
    Updated: Jan-20-16 10:56 am

    ZURICH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Wednesday in hopes of resolving differences over who is eligible to join U.N.-mediated peace talks for Syria due to begin next week. Those differences have threatened to delay the start of the negotiations.

  • Kerry set to meet Russian FM amid concerns over Syria talks 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 6:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to move aside obstacles that threaten to delay the start of peace talks to end Syria's war, seeking compromise with Russia's foreign minister on which Syrian opposition groups should be eligible to participate.

  • In besieged Syrian city, hungry residents sell gold for food 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 5:19 pm

    BEIRUT - In Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Islamic State militants.

  • Obama celebrates return of prisoners, announces sanctions story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jan-17-16 5:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States on Sunday imposed sanctions over Iran's ballistic missile testing even as President Barack Obama hailed the release of five Americans from Tehran's custody and the implementation of a nuclear deal he hopes will stand among his lasting foreign policy achievements.

  • As sanctions are lifted, Iranian foes fear the worst 
    Updated: Jan-17-16 2:41 pm

    JERUSALEM - As the nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect, many Middle Eastern countries fear a newly emboldened Iran, flush with cash and international recognition, will grow more aggressive with what they see as meddling in conflicts across the region.

  • Analysis: Prisoner release leaves GOP in tough spot on Iran story has photos
    Updated: Jan-16-16 6:18 pm

    WASHINGTON - Iran's release of five Americans gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to deliver a harsh reminder to the Republicans wanting to succeed him: You can promise to pull back the hand I've extended to Iran and Cuba - nations the U.S. once cut off - but it won't be easy and it may be lonely.