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  • new storyAP Exclusive: Bridge collapse survivor linked to IS in Syria 
    Updated: May-27-16 2:14 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Mohamed Roble was weeks shy of his 11th birthday when the school bus he was on plummeted more than 30 feet as the bridge beneath gave way.

  • new storyUS orders troops in Syria to remove Kurdish insignia 
    Updated: May-27-16 2:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. says American special operations troops were not authorized to wear the patches of Kurdish forces while advising them in Syria and have been told to remove them. Turkish leaders who protested the patches have been told it was a mistake.

  • new storyReport: Rockets fired from Syria hit Turkey, 5 wounded 
    Updated: May-27-16 1:47 pm

    ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's state-run news agency says rockets fired from Syria have struck southern Turkey wounding five people.

  • 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.

  • Turkey upset over images of US soldiers with Kurdish symbols 
    Updated: May-27-16 11:30 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey on Friday lashed out at the United States after images surfaced apparently showing U.S. soldiers in Syria wearing the insignia of a Kurdish group opposed by Ankara.

  • Russia deplores US refusal to jointly fight Nusra in Syria 
    Updated: May-27-16 9:51 am

    MOSCOW - Washington's refusal to jointly fight al-Qaida's branch in Syria has contributed to an escalation of fighting in the war-torn country, Russia's Defense Ministry said Friday.

  • The Latest: UN reports 'spike' in Iraqis fleeing to Syria 
    Updated: May-27-16 9:01 am

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

  • Man accused of plotting to join Islamic State testifies 
    Updated: May-26-16 8:47 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man on trial for plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group testified Thursday that he thought about leaving the United States because he could feel the government closing in, but said he had no real plan and believed a scheme to get fake passports for the journey was a bad idea.

  • US worries about declining precision weapons stocks for wars 
    Updated: May-26-16 4:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - In the face of imminent military assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in the Middle East said Thursday he's concerned about running low on precision-guided weapons needed for the war against the Islamic State group in both countries.

  • 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.

  • WHO: Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years story has photos
    Updated: May-26-16 11:36 am

    WASHINGTON - Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups.

  • Belgian broadcaster: extremists planned to strike crowd 
    Updated: May-26-16 11:13 am

    BRUSSELS - State-run Belgian broadcaster RTBF said Thursday four suspected extremists detained by police were collecting money to buy arms and explosives and developing plans to strike at a crowded target like Antwerp's main train station.

  • UN: Food aid reaches 41.9 percent of those besieged in Syria 
    Updated: May-25-16 8:34 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Food aid has reached nearly half the civilians trapped in besieged areas of Syria, but much more remains to be done to help the 13.5 million in need across the war-torn nation, according to a United Nations report issued Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Syria's refugee crisis focus of interactive exhibit story has photos
    Updated: May-25-16 12:49 am

    BOSTON - What's it like to flee Syria as a refugee?

  • 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.

  • Reports: Emirati teen convicted for joining IS in Syria 
    Updated: May-24-16 2:26 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - State media in the UAE are reporting that an Emirati teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and fought there has been sentenced to five years in prison.

  • 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):

  • Newborns among residents of sprawling Idomeni refugee camp 
    Updated: May-23-16 12:32 pm

    IDOMENI, Greece - The women walked across the Syrian border into Turkey heavily pregnant, crossed the Aegean Sea in perilous journeys that risked their own lives and those of the babies they carried, because they dreamed of their children being born in a better world - in a peaceful, prosperous country in central or northern Europe.

  • 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.

  • Syria's Allejji receives Olympic table tennis spot for Rio 
    Updated: May-23-16 3:43 am

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Heba Allejji will represent Syria at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after being awarded a special place in the table tennis competition.

  • Hospital attack caught on camera shows cost of Syrian war 
    Updated: May-23-16 2:56 am

    BEIRUT - In the final minutes of his life, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz was making late-night rounds at the children's ward at Quds Hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Closed-circuit video showed him padding down a corridor in his green scrubs before disappearing off-camera.

  • 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.

  • Islamic State group leader urges attacks in Europe and US 
    Updated: May-22-16 9:32 am

    CAIRO - An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

  • Islamic State's lasting grip is a new hurdle for Europe, US 
    Updated: May-22-16 6:24 am

    PARIS - The girl, speaking in the lilting accent of southern France, appeared in government ads describing how she was recruited by Islamic State extremists during her quest for religion, then encouraged to quit school and go to Syria, and finally to plot a suicide attack against a synagogue at home.