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  • Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 4:10 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties."

  • The Latest: MSF says Syria hospital bombing killed 50 story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 11:40 am

    BEIRUT - The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Talks stalled, Syrian opposition to stay in Geneva next week story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-16 2:00 am

    BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war and peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

  • Plucked from the uncertainty of Lesbos: 12 Syrian refugees story has photos
    Updated: Apr-16-16 5:11 pm

    ROME - Pope Francis says his gesture is "a drop of water in the sea" of Europe's migration crisis. Yet for 12 Syrian refugees, the pope's decision to fly them back to Italy from Greece is an act of kindness that will resonate for the rest of their lives.

  • The Latest: Syrians thank pope for bringing them to Italy story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-16-16 2:55 pm

    MYTILENE, Greece - The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Greek island of Lesbos (all times local):

  • Grim new details of IS destruction in Syria's Palmyra museum 
    Updated: Apr-16-16 10:26 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The first foreign experts who visited the museum in Palmyra after it was taken over from Islamic State militants said they spent a week collecting fragments of priceless broken sculptures from the museum grounds and preparing them for transportation to Damascus in a rescue mission they hope will help salvage most of its contents.

  • AP INTERVIEW: Top Syrian official rules out Assad departure story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 5:15 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - A top Syrian official said on Wednesday that the opposition has to let go of its "dream" for a transitional government, saying that such a thing amounts to a coup d'etat and "will never be accepted."

  • Syria's Palmyra: Ghost town bearing scars of IS destruction story has photos
    Updated: Apr-01-16 2:38 pm

    PALMYRA, Syria - Explosions rocked the ancient town of Palmyra on Friday and on the horizon, black smoke wafted behind its majestic Roman ruins, as Syrian army experts carefully detonated hundreds of mines they say were planted by Islamic State militants before they fled the town.