- AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders Updated: May-23-15 8:10 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday.
- Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum Updated: May-23-15 8:05 am
DAMASCUS, Syria - Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.
- Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks Updated: May-23-15 2:06 am
BEIRUT - With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.
- Judge nixes bail for Minnesotan accused of trying to join IS Updated: May-22-15 7:19 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal judge on Friday ordered a Minnesota man held without bail after he was accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
- Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos Updated: May-22-15 3:30 pm
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.
- Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound in northwest Updated: May-22-15 6:17 am
BEIRUT - Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw.
- Deputy Russia FM: Western Mideast policies 'short-sighted' Updated: May-22-15 4:59 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.
- Prosecutors: Minnesota men who tried to join IS made threats Updated: May-22-15 12:22 am
MINNEAPOLIS - One Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he'd kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he'd "spit on America" at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a document filed Thursday by prosecutors.
- US concludes airstrike in Syria killed 2 innocent children Updated: May-21-15 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Two children were likely killed during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year, and two other adults were wounded, according to an investigation released Thursday by the U.S. military.
- Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos Updated: May-21-15 3:40 pm
KITTEH, Jordan - Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky - even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage.
- Lonely man finds a home in Islam, and then in Islamic State Updated: May-21-15 1:04 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Before he left New Zealand, Mark Taylor spoke with a local television network. "I've been lonely all my life," he said. "Been rejected by people. Used by people. Abused by people."
- Germany charges 2 alleged members of Islamic State group Updated: May-21-15 12:32 pm
BERLIN - German prosecutors say they have filed terror charges against two men they say are members of the Islamic State group who traveled to Syria via Turkey in May 2014.
- Australia to revoke citizenship of Australian-born jihadis Updated: May-21-15 9:16 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, a minister said on Thursday.
- Legion of foreign fighters battles for Islamic State Updated: May-20-15 10:26 pm
PANKISI GORGE, Georgia - One day this April, instead of coming home from school, two teenagers left their valley high in the Caucasus, and went off to war.
- From middle-class Australian to Islamic State bride Updated: May-20-15 9:18 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Quietly - almost secretly - Zehra Duman morphed from private school student to Islamic State bride and online recruiter for the movement. Her family did not see it coming.
- Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad Updated: May-20-15 9:17 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.
- Embittered, Moroccan leaves family for Islamic State Updated: May-20-15 9:17 pm
RABAT, Morocco - Journalists and activists in Morocco during the heady days of the Arab Spring knew Anas Haloui, a slight, serious, wispy-bearded man in his 30s who would bombard them with emails about the plight of jailed Islamists.
- For one Dutchman, life morphed from discos to jihad Updated: May-20-15 9:13 pm
LEIDEN, Netherlands - The father says he did not raise his son as a Muslim - and he regrets his decision now.
- US looking into whether hostage was kept by IS leader Updated: May-19-15 8:04 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating the possibility that the Islamic State militant leader killed Friday was the captor of American hostage Kayla Mueller for a time.
- Mother of US reporter missing in Syria pleads for answers Updated: May-19-15 11:16 am
BEIRUT - The mother of an American journalist missing in Syria for nearly three years pleaded on Tuesday for information about him, saying she believes that he is still alive.
- Albania hosts security summit on extremist recruitment Updated: May-19-15 9:34 am
TIRANA, Albania - Security officials from the western Balkans and several European Union countries were meeting in Albania Tuesday as part of a U.S. government initiative to fight European recruitment by violent Islamic groups to fight in Iraq and Syria.
- Iran extends new credit line to Syria Updated: May-19-15 9:08 am
BEIRUT - Syria's official news agency says Iran is extending a credit line to make up for market needs and reports that the two countries have signed several agreements in the fields of electricity, industry, oil and investment.
- UN virtual reality film highlights plight of Syrian refugees Updated: May-19-15 6:58 am
SEOUL, South Korea - The United Nations is using virtual reality technology to help the public experience what it is like to live in a Syrian refugee camp, showing how the latest technology can be adapted for humanitarian efforts.
- Syrian refugees struggle amid aid cuts, lack of labor rights Updated: May-19-15 3:50 am
SALHIYEH, Jordan - A Syrian refugee couple and their baby boy were recently dropped from a U.N. food voucher program and live on $9-a-day jobs on a peach farm in northern Jordan. In a town nearby, a 16-year-old boy quit school to work as a mechanic's helper because his refugee family needs the extra $21 a week.
- Push to write new war powers for Obama stalls in Congress Updated: May-18-15 10:55 am
WASHINGTON - A move to write new war powers to authorize the Obama administration's 9-month-old battle against Islamic State militants has stalled in Congress. It might even be dead.