- Syrian general says Russian strikes aid ground offensive Updated: Oct-08-15 10:57 am
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria's top general on Thursday said Russian strikes had helped government forces launch a "wide-ranging" offensive in central and northwestern Syria, where al-Qaida's affiliate as well as other insurgents had advanced toward key government strongholds in recent months.
- NATO chief: Alliance OKs changes to meet new threats Updated: Oct-08-15 9:14 am
BRUSSELS - NATO's chief on Thursday signaled its readiness to deploy forces if needed to protect Turkey against any threat from Russia, as the alliance agreed on more changes to meet today's security threats.
- Turkey warns Russia over trade ties Updated: Oct-08-15 7:13 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia that its military action in Syria is endangering trade ties with Turkey.
- Syrian militant group recasts itself as moderate option Updated: Oct-08-15 2:11 am
BEIRUT - The militants brought the two men into a square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, then announced their punishment for failing to attend Friday prayers: 25 lashes delivered by a hose-wielding militant that left their backs covered in welts and dark bruises.
- Some Syrians chart pre-approved path to European asylum Updated: Oct-07-15 5:28 pm
CRETEIL, France - Her slain husband, bombed-out Damascus home and refugee life are behind her. The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family. But now what?
- Battling IS, Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas Updated: Oct-07-15 4:51 pm
IRBIL, Iraq - Several Iraqi Kurdish troops tested positive for mustard gas after battles this summer with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, a spokesman for the paramilitary group said Wednesday.
- AP obtains video of damage to ancient Palmyra arch in Syria Updated: Oct-07-15 3:35 pm
BEIRUT - Video footage obtained by The Associated Press shows the main structure of 2,000- year-old iconic Arch of Triumph in Syria's Palmyra has been destroyed. Activists have said that Islamic State extremists, who are in control of the ancient city, blew up the arch.
- Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria , officials say Updated: Oct-07-15 2:58 pm
BAGHDAD - Iran played an integral role leading up to Russia's move to launch its air campaign in Syria and play a stronger role in Iraq, with one of Tehran's most powerful generals meeting for three hours with President Vladimir Putin to push for intervention, Iraqi government officials tell The Associated Press.
- Russia fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria Updated: Oct-07-15 2:36 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.
- Carter: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State Updated: Oct-07-15 2:18 pm
ROME - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his strongest message to date, said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition will not agree to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets.
- The Latest: US aircraft rerouted over Syria, avoids Russians Updated: Oct-07-15 1:08 pm
BEIRUT - The latest developments after Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents (all times local).
- As Clinton campaigns, complications with her old boss arise Updated: Oct-07-15 10:12 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton's idea of a no-fly zone in Syria "half-baked."
- French govt starts anti-jihadi ad campaign to counter IS Updated: Oct-07-15 8:54 am
PARIS - A new French government ad campaign features mourning families to discourage young people from joining extremists in Syria - an attempt at a counter-narrative against an Islamic State publicity machine that churns out huge amounts of propaganda.
- Japan under pressure in Asian World Cup qualification Updated: Oct-06-15 6:51 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - On a night of big games in Asia, Japan will be under the most pressure as a defeat to Syria in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday would cast doubt on its chances of making it to Russia.
- Syrian rebels face a new reality amid Russian air campaign Updated: Oct-06-15 5:32 pm
BEIRUT - The U.S.-backed rebel group Tajammu Alezzah has been fighting the Syrian military outside the city of Hama for months, but a new player has joined the fray: Russian warplanes, which have repeatedly hit their front-line positions, followed by airstrikes from government planes.
- Connecticut groups team up to welcome Syrian refugees Updated: Oct-06-15 3:31 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A Connecticut interfaith coalition, elected officials and others are pushing to welcome more Syrian refugees to the U.S., while also preparing for the possible arrival of about 100 families to the state.
- Russian entry into Syria's air wars raises worries Updated: Oct-06-15 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Russia's entry into the crowded and sometimes uncoordinated air wars in Syria is making the U.S. increasingly nervous, reflecting concern at the Pentagon and in Europe about the risk of accidents or unintended conflict.
- The Latest: UN official warns EU on 'hotspot' migrant triage Updated: Oct-06-15 1:55 pm
GENEVA - The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.
- Turkey seeks EU backing for Syria no-fly, buffer zones Updated: Oct-05-15 12:37 pm
BRUSSELS - Turkey's president sought European backing on Monday for the creation of buffer and no-fly zones on the Syrian border, saying that such moves are key to ending the refugee crisis.
- US officials question Russian flight incursion into Turkey Updated: Oct-05-15 12:13 pm
MADRID - The U.S. does not believe Russia's incursion into Turkey's airspace was an accident, a senior U.S. official said Monday, adding that urgent talks are underway on what to do about the weekend incident.
- Syrian refugees increasingly return to war zones in homeland Updated: Oct-05-15 9:25 am
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can't survive in exile after drastic aid cuts, can't afford to pay smugglers to sneak them into Europe or are simply homesick.
- The Latest: Record 150-plus world leaders at UN summit Updated: Oct-03-15 2:03 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The latest developments from the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism - the Islamic State in particular - and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):
- Syrian opposition says leader met UN chief on Russia strikes Updated: Oct-03-15 10:45 am
- Obama criticizes Russia on Syria, defends his own strategy Updated: Oct-03-15 3:10 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is vehemently rejecting Russia's military actions in Syria as self-defeating and dismissing the idea that Moscow is strengthening its hand in the region. He vows not to let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia "proxy war."
- Republican hopeful Carson says no to Syrian refugees in US Updated: Oct-02-15 7:59 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said the U.S. should bar refugees from war-torn Syria because they are "infiltrated" with Muslim extremists who seek to harm America.