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  • 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.

  • Violence in Syria's Aleppo kills more than a dozen people story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-03-16 11:35 am

    BEIRUT - Syrian opposition fighters on Tuesday shelled government-held parts of Aleppo, killing at least 12 people, as the army claimed it was repelling a wide offensive by the rebels in the country's largest city. Activists, meanwhile, said government forces were also shelling rebel-held parts of the city, killing two people and wounding several.

  • 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.

  • The Latest: Police surround Syrian prison following rioting story has photos
    Updated: May-02-16 10:26 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

  • Car bomb in southern Turkey kills 2 police officers story has photos
    Updated: May-01-16 6:26 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - A car bomb struck the entrance of a Turkish police station Sunday in the southern city of Gaziantep, killing two police officers and wounding 22 other people in a day marred by violence and May Day protests.

  • 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.

  • UN envoy appeals to US, Russia to help Syria peace talks story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 11:39 pm

    GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria appealed to the U.S. and Russia to intervene to help revive Syrian peace talks that sputtered to a pause Wednesday, saying a recent spike in fighting has overshadowed the talks and put an increasingly feeble truce in "great danger."

  • Cruz' ex co-chair in Virginia heads to Syria, praises Assad story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 8:58 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Sen. Ted Cruz's former campaign co-chairman in Virginia has traveled to Syria and promised support for the government of President Bashar Assad, who U.S. officials have repeatedly said has lost the legitimacy to rule the war-torn country.

  • Trump struggles to explain 'America first' foreign policy story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-27-16 5:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump strained to lay out a clear vision of his "America first" foreign policy on Wednesday, vowing to substitute hard-headed realism for what he called a post-Cold War era replete with U.S. national security failures.

  • In Damascus, an uneasy stability boosts Syria's Assad story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-16 10:49 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Looking out from the Syrian capital these days, one can understand why President Bashar Assad would be in no hurry to make concessions at peace talks in Geneva, let alone consider stepping down as the opposition demands.

  • In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.

  • Republican senators concerned over colleague's Sept. 11 bill story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 12:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - Key Senate Republicans are divided over a GOP colleague's bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

  • The Latest: White House touts security agreements in Gulf story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 10:57 am

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Latest on President Barack Obama's meeting with top officials from six Arab nations in Saudi Arabia. (all times local):

  • Sept. 11 families upset by White House effort to derail bill story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-16 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - Families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks say they are "greatly distressed" that the Obama administration is working to derail legislation giving them the right to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the attack.

  • Family of journalist slain by Islamic State sues Syria 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 2:17 pm

    MIAMI - The family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff is suing Syria in U.S. court, claiming the government of President Bashar Assad provided support to Islamic State militants who carried out the gruesome beheading.

  • In Saudi visit, Obama faces 'curveball' in ties with kingdom story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-16 11:35 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When President Barack Obama arrives in the Saudi capital on Wednesday, he'll face an increasingly assertive leadership still heavily dependent on U.S. weapons and military might that nonetheless has little trust in him and essentially believes it's been thrown a curveball.

  • Syria talks resume, chances seen as very slim amid violence 
    Updated: Apr-16-16 1:49 pm

    BEIRUT - Indirect peace talks between Syria's warring parties have resumed in Geneva to the backdrop of escalating violence in the country's north and a refusal by the Syrian government to negotiate a transitional government, a key opposition demand.

  • French president vows support for Lebanon during visit 
    Updated: Apr-16-16 12:38 pm

    BEIRUT - French President Francois Hollande said Saturday his country will stand by Lebanon to boost security in the tiny Arab country that is "surrounded by crisis and wars" and urged the parliament to elect a new president whose post has been vacant for nearly two years.

  • Islamic leaders pledge to combat terrorism, sectarianism story has photos
    Updated: Apr-15-16 3:32 pm

    ISTANBUL - A two-day summit bringing together leaders of the Islamic world concluded in the Turkish city of Istanbul with a pledge to combat terrorism and overcome sectarian divide.

  • Obama claims progress on Islamic State amid worrying signs story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 6:56 pm

    LANGLEY, Virginia - President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, even as political turmoil in Iraq and renewed violence in Syria threatened to jeopardize hard-fought gains.