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  • IS grabs territory from Syrian rebels near Turkish border story has photos
    Updated: May-27-16 1:17 pm

    BEIRUT - Militants of the Islamic State group on Friday seized a string of villages from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border in rapid advances that forced the evacuation of a hospital and trapped tens of thousands of people amid heavy fighting, Syrian opposition activists and an international medical organization said.

  • UN envoy to Syria: Peace talks not set to resume for weeks story has photos
    Updated: May-26-16 2:55 pm

    GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria plans a resumption of peace talks "as soon as feasible" between the government and opposition, but he set no new date and expects that it will "certainly not" come within the next two to three weeks, his office said Thursday.

  • Russia accuses Turkey of supplying Islamic State extremists 
    Updated: May-25-16 5:42 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Russia has accused Turkey of supplying the Islamic State extremist group with components for improvised explosive devices.

  • In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foes story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-24-16 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - In his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with longstanding adversaries, working to consign bitter enmities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar to the history books.

  • The Latest: UN says 50,000 civilians in Fallujah at risk story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 3:03 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The Latest on a violent day in the Middle East, with deadly bombings in Syria and Yemen and the start of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • Hospitals a deadly target in Middle East conflicts story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 4:03 am

    BEIRUT - As one of the few pediatricians remaining in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz offered hope to tens of thousands of children and their parents trapped in the horror and misery of the five-year civil war. But last month, an airstrike widely believed to have been carried out by the Syrian government destroyed the al Quds hospital where he worked, killing Maaz and dozens of colleagues, patients and other civilians.

  • AP Interview: Argentinian FM envisions 'inspirational' UN story has photos
    Updated: May-22-16 2:25 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - The latest candidate to enter the race to become the next United Nations secretary-general said Sunday the world body must become more inspirational and geared toward finding ways to tackle emerging new challenges.

  • Top US commander makes secret visit to Syria story has photos
    Updated: May-21-16 6:45 pm

    NORTHERN SYRIA - On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab and Kurd fighters for what has been a slow campaign to push the Islamic State out of Syria.

  • UN chief urges Mideast states to press for Syria transition 
    Updated: May-21-16 4:17 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - The United Nations chief used a visit to Qatar on Saturday to call on Middle Eastern countries and world powers to press Syria's warring parties to turn their attention to a political transition in the war-torn nation.

  • US widens sanctions on Islamic State, al-Qaida branches 
    Updated: May-19-16 1:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States expanded sanctions Thursday against affiliates of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group operating across the Middle East and North Africa, reflecting the spreading threat of extremism far beyond the groups' traditional strongholds in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

  • Modest goals set in bid to save Syria truce, peace talks story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-17-16 11:33 am

    VIENNA - Seeking to salvage and reinforce a shaky truce, world and regional powers agreed Tuesday to try to turn the faltering pause in fighting into a comprehensive cease-fire and boost humanitarian aid deliveries with the hope of restarting peace talks.

  • Crimean Tatars celebrate Eurovision win, Russians cry foul story has photos
    Updated: May-15-16 9:32 am

    KIEV, Ukraine - Crimean Tatars on Sunday celebrated Ukrainian singer Jamala's win at Eurovision with a song that sheds light on their horrific deportations to Central Asia under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin but also hints at their recent treatment under Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Syria, Libya, Yemen story has photos
    Updated: May-15-16 9:20 am

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen, ahead of international meetings this coming week in Europe on those crises.

  • US grapples with renewed show of force by IS in Syria, Iraq story has photos
    Updated: May-11-16 4:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration grappled with a renewed show of force by Islamic State militants on Wednesday as they advanced again toward the ancient Syrian crossroads of Palmyra and exposed the Iraqi capital's frailty through a series of deadly car bomb attacks.

  • US says diplomats to resume talks on Syria next week 
    Updated: May-10-16 1:20 pm

    LONDON - The world powers working to promote a resolution to Syria's civil war plan to resume talks next week in Vienna, with U.N.-led, indirect peace negotiations between Syria's government and opposition representatives expected to follow some days later, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

  • Obama signs into law new restrictions on Syrian antiquities 
    Updated: May-09-16 3:50 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday stepped up efforts to stop the Islamic State's trade in looted antiquities as President Barack Obama signed into law new import restrictions on Syrian cultural artifacts.

  • The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 10:02 pm

    BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):

  • Kerry warns Assad to start transition by Aug. 1 - or else 
    Updated: May-03-16 4:08 pm

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's government and its backers in Moscow and Tehran on Tuesday that they face an August deadline for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk the consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the 5-year-old civil war.

  • US defense secretary says Russia is 'nuclear saber-rattling' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-03-16 2:20 pm

    STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted what the U.S. and its allies see as Russian aggression in Europe, saying Tuesday that Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel an American military buildup on NATO's eastern flank.

  • Kerry seeks path to calm in Syria, holds talks in Geneva story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-02-16 10:32 am

    GENEVA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said "several proposals" aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria are being discussed, amid continuing attacks in the city of Aleppo.

  • US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-01-16 4:15 pm

    GENEVA - Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.

  • 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.