- Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now Updated: Feb-10-16 4:59 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.
- The Latest: Russia has held important talks with US on Syria Updated: Feb-10-16 4:03 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):
- NATO ministers approve new reinforcements for eastern Europe Updated: Feb-10-16 3:41 pm
BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.
- Turkish leaders lash out at UN demands to open border 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.
- Christian, Muslim leaders in Cyprus support peace talks Updated: Feb-10-16 11:44 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Christian and Muslim leaders in Cyprus on Wednesday repeated their full support for ongoing talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically-split country, saying their united stand for peace serves as a strong example of cooperation in a region where conflict is often fueled by religion.
- The Latest: Dutch PM: Turkish efforts help stem migrant flow Updated: Feb-10-16 11:20 am
BERLIN - The Latest on the massive influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
- Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents Updated: Feb-10-16 8:33 am
BEIRUT - Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, activists and a rebel commander said.
- German prosecutors formally charge alleged local PKK leader Updated: Feb-10-16 5:18 am
BERLIN - German prosecutors say they have formally charged a 58-year-old Turkish man with "membership of a foreign terrorist organization" for his role in the Kurdish separatist group PKK.
- Hoarding in Syria's largest city as government advances Updated: Feb-09-16 2:23 pm
BEIRUT - As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee Syria's largest city while others are hoarding food in case of a long siege, even laying out bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage.
- Turkey summons US ambassador over Syrian Kurdish forces spat Updated: Feb-09-16 1:34 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey has summoned the U.S. ambassador to "convey unease" a day after the U.S. State Department spokesman said that, unlike Turkey, Washington doesn't recognize Syrian Kurdish forces as "terrorists."
- Turkey's Erdogan rewards cigarette quitters with reception Updated: Feb-09-16 10:08 am
ANKARA, Turkey - He snatched away their cigarette packets and made them promise to quit.
- Syria attacks stir humanitarian response as thousands flee Updated: Feb-08-16 5:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator says his organization and humanitarian partners are working to provide food, water and medical aid as a Syrian government offensive in Aleppo sends tens of thousands fleeing toward the border with Turkey.
- US faces shortcomings in coalition-building for anti-IS war Updated: Feb-08-16 2:43 pm
WASHINGTON - To doubters of its strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the Obama administration likes to tout its coalition of 66 nations and claim strength in numbers. But a year and a half into the war, some administration officials are acknowledging that this supposed source of strength has its own weaknesses.
- Displaced by fighting, Kurdish residents call for peace Updated: Feb-08-16 1:20 pm
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Azize Calis is pleading for peace.
- Kurdish protest against Turkey turns violent in Paris Updated: Feb-08-16 9:16 am
PARIS - Clashes have erupted outside the Turkish Embassy in Paris after police moved in to disperse a demonstration by Kurdish political activists.
- Pope pleas for help for Syrians fleeing war so they survive Updated: Feb-07-16 6:53 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has made a public plea for help for Syrians fleeing civil war so that their survival and dignity are assured.
- Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes Updated: Feb-06-16 4:06 am
PRESEVO, Serbia - Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.
- Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting 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.
- AP EXPLAINS: A look at the Syrian city of Aleppo Updated: Feb-05-16 4:22 pm
Government forces have been on the offensive in northern Syria, almost encircling rebel-held parts of Aleppo and forcing thousands of people to flee toward Turkey. If the government succeeds in recapturing the northern city, it would mark one of the biggest defeats for the opposition since the conflict began in 2011.
- The Latest: Kerry says Russia, Assad not complying with UN Updated: Feb-05-16 4:22 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria (all times Syria local):
- Turkish PM: no talks with PKK before it lays down arms Updated: Feb-05-16 5:53 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed not to negotiate peace with Kurdish rebels until the group lays down its arms.
- Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria Updated: Feb-04-16 2:34 pm
CAIRO - A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
- Analysis: Pause in Syrian talks shows peace remains elusive Updated: Feb-04-16 2:05 pm
BEIRUT - It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination.
- Russia accuses Turkey of preparing to invade Syria Updated: Feb-04-16 12:58 pm
MOSCOW - The Russian military said Thursday that it has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria.
- Turkish parties hold first meeting to draft new constitution Updated: Feb-04-16 4:26 am
ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish parliamentary commission is meeting in a fresh push to draft a new constitution that would replace the current charter which is a legacy of the 1980 military coup.