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  • new storyProminent anti-Assad cleric killed in Syria bombing 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 2:20 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Two rare explosions went off Friday near a hospital in a province in southern Syria, killing a prominent anti-government cleric and at least seven others, pro-government media and activists said.

  • Obama says US, Saudis want functioning government in Yemen story has photos
    Updated: Sep-04-15 1:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Hosting Saudi Arabia's new monarch for the first time, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis. Their talks also addressed the Iran nuclear deal, a source of lingering tension in the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

  • Refugees in Hungary start moving west on foot story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-04-15 1:20 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hundreds of migrants frustrated at being stuck at two train stations in Hungary set off on foot for Austria on Friday, one group forming a line nearly a half-mile long as they streamed out of Budapest, the other breaking out of a train near a migrant reception center and then running toward the West after overwhelming police.

  • Official: Islamic militants destroy ancient tombs in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Sep-04-15 11:26 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Islamic State militants destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra in the last few days, a Syrian government official said Friday.

  • The Latest: Germany urges European unity in face of crisis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-04-15 9:47 am

    BICSKE, Hungary - The latest news from the crisis of migrants pouring into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

  • Drowned Syrian boys buried in hometown they fled story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-04-15 8:59 am

    KUCUK KENDIRLI, Turkey - A Syrian woman and her two young sons who drowned on a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece were buried Friday in their hometown of Kobani, returning to the conflict-torn Syrian Kurdish region they had fled.

  • Turkey renews permit for military operations in Syria, Iraq 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 3:40 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's parliament has voted to renew by another year a mandate allowing the military to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq.

  • Father of dead boys: 'All I want is to be with my children' story has photos
    Updated: Sep-03-15 3:12 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - He is one among many, far too many. But the plight of one boy, washed up like a piece of debris on a Turkish beach, has focused the world's attention on a wave of war-and-deprivation-fueled migration unmatched since World War II.

  • Q&A: Syria's civil war at the root of migrant crisis 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 1:36 pm

    BEIRUT - A 3-year-old boy washes ashore on a Turkish beach. Seventy-one migrants suffocate in a truck in Austria. Daily scenes of chaos unfolding in European cities as governments try to halt a human tide heading north. There seems to be no letup to the horrors triggered by Syria's civil war.

  • Head of UN investigative panel on Syria calls IS 'desperate' 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 9:32 am

    GENEVA - The Islamic State group appears "desperate" and is losing ground to Kurdish fighters who are battling the radicals "on behalf of humanity," the head of a U.N. panel on Syria said Thursday.

  • UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 10:47 pm

    AMMAN, Jordan - Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region.

  • Chaos in Budapest train station amid Europe's migrant crisis 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 4:42 pm

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Chanting "Freedom! Freedom!," angry migrants demanded to be let aboard trains bound for Austria and Germany after Hungary temporarily suspended all rail traffic Tuesday from its main Budapest terminal and brawny police forced hundreds of migrants out of the train station.

  • Murphy to visit Middle East to review military operations 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 3:39 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Sen. Chris Murphy is leaving for the Middle East to review operations against the Islamic State.

  • Shots fired from Syria kill Turkish soldier 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 3:14 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - The military says a Turkish soldier was killed from shots fired from Islamic State-controlled area across the border in Syria. A second soldier is reported missing.

  • A look at what migrants are carrying with them to Europe 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 1:53 pm

    ROSZKE, Hungary - To survive days on end of walking and improvised camping in harsh weather, they must concentrate on essentials: pain medicine, foot powder and first aid, food and personal hygiene items. The savviest have smartphones with backup battery power and SIM cards that work in the countries they're passing through. Otherwise, they can end up walking in circles without satellite navigation, particularly at night, when many travel to avoid police.

  • UK police: Mother, 4 children detained in Turkey 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 12:02 pm

    LONDON - British police say a mother and her four young children from London who were believed to be on their way to Syria have been detained in Turkey.

  • Iran's Parliament speaker says he supports nuclear deal 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 4:50 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Iran's Parliament speaker said Monday that he supports the historic nuclear deal with world powers aimed at reining in Tehran's efforts to build a bomb.

  • AP Interview: IOM chief slams Hungary over migrant policies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-31-15 1:14 pm

    GENEVA - Countries like Hungary that have blocked desperate migrants from traveling by train in Europe "push them right into the hands of smugglers," with potentially deadly consequences, the head of the International Organization for Migration said Monday.

  • Letter from Hungary: Migrants seek EU's field of dreams story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-30-15 3:22 pm

    ROSZKE, Hungary - On the edge of a Hungarian cornfield, the beam from a car's headlights reflects in their eyes: Europe's newest residents catching their breaths, fresh from evading border police.

  • As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 5:46 am

    BERLIN - Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after a traumatic flight from Syria that began when her husband was told to fight for the government.

  • Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm

    BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:28 pm

    VIENNA - Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

  • Teen gets more than 11 years for helping Islamic State group 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 2:54 pm

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - A northern Virginia teenager was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants and for providing other aid to the group.

  • Exhausted migrants scuffle at Greek-Macedonian border 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 12:30 pm

    IDOMENI, Greece - Scuffles and limited fights broke out Friday among more than 1,000 people at Greece's northern border with Macedonia as exhausted, thirsty migrants jostled to get into position to cross.

  • The Latest: Red Crescent: At least 105 dead in sea off Libya story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 8:47 am

    GENEVA - Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.