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  • Fighting erupts in central Syria amid Russian airstrikes story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 4:51 am

    BEIRUT - Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes battled insurgents in central Syria on Wednesday in the first major ground fighting since Moscow began launching air raids on militants last week, activists said.

  • The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 12:37 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Syria's Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 8:01 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The office of Syrian President Bashar Assad is welcoming Russia's decision to send troops to Syria, saying the military support came at the request of Damascus.

  • After ruinous war, Syria regions may go separate ways story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 9:15 am

    BEIRUT - Syria has already been shattered by more than four years of civil war, and with no solution in sight, some players on the ground and observers outside have concluded its fate will be to break up along sectarian or regional lines - in a best-case scenario, tenuously held together by a less centralized state.

  • Rouhani, meeting editors, hopes for better US relations 
    Updated: Sep-25-15 4:57 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is holding out the possibility for improved relations with the United States if the international nuclear deal that has caused controversy in both the U.S. and Iran gets fully implemented later this year.

  • Syrian family's life darkens in town that saw neo-Nazi riots story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-25-15 10:22 am

    HEIDENAU, Germany - From the bright lights of Berlin to a grim former Nazi military barracks near the Czech border, the Syrian refugee family's new life in Germany has been a roller-coaster of euphoria and despair.

  • Band moving with migrant wave shows different side to crisis 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 10:51 am

    ZAGREB, Croatia - The band members arrived like so many other Syrian refugees, climbing out of a dinghy on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos.

  • Syrian refugees' misery fuels desperation to reach Europe story has photos
    Updated: Sep-13-15 4:06 pm

    DEIR ZANOUN, Lebanon - Both women fled Syria after their normal lives were destroyed in the country's civil war. Both are desperate to start a new life and see Europe as their best hope. But their fortunes are a world apart.

  • More war, less cash, new routes drive migrant push to EU 
    Updated: Sep-12-15 8:23 am

    GENEVA - Migrants have for years taken death-defying trips across the Mediterranean to reach Europe, but the flow has hit record proportions this year - notably with an influx of Syrians, Afghans and Eritreans fleeing war, repression or poverty back home.

  • Syria blames Europe for flow of migrants out of the country 
    Updated: Sep-10-15 2:50 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria's information minister on Thursday said Europe should bear full responsibility for the flood of Syrian refugees streaming into the continent because of its past policies in backing those fighting to overthrow the government in Damascus.