- Clashes intensify in Syria from Russian-backed offensive Updated: Oct-08-15 4:09 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Clashes intensified Thursday between Syrian troops and insurgents in central and northwestern Syria, part of what a top general called a "wide-ranging" offensive aided by Russian airstrikes and apparently aimed at clearing positions near government strongholds on the coast.
- 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.
- Witnesses: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 at wedding in Yemen Updated: Oct-07-15 7:33 pm
SANAA, Yemen - Two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 15 civilians and wounded 25 others in Yemen on Wednesday at a wedding hosted by a tribal leader known to support the Houthi rebels, witnesses and independent security officials said.
- UN says Shiite rebels in Yemen have agreed to stop fighting Updated: Oct-07-15 6:36 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Shiite rebels in conflict-torn Yemen have agreed to stop fighting, the United Nations said Wednesday.
- Nigeria: Suicide bombers kill 40 including in 2 mosques Updated: Oct-07-15 4:01 pm
DAMATURU, Nigeria - Suicide bombers, some screaming "God is great," killed at least 40 people in two northeastern Nigerian states Wednesday, including explosions in two mosques, officials and witnesses said. All the bombers died.
- 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.
- Dictator's son says Filipinos care less about Marcos abuses Updated: Oct-07-15 7:16 am
MANILA, Philippines - The son of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos said Wednesday that Filipinos are no longer concerned about human rights abuses committed under his father's rule, angering activists who said he wants people to forget his father's dictatorship, which a popular revolt ended 29 years ago.
- New generation of disillusioned Palestinians drives unrest Updated: Oct-06-15 6:26 pm
SURDA, West Bank - A new generation of angry, disillusioned Palestinians is driving the current wave of clashes with Israeli forces: Too young to remember the hardships of life during Israel's clampdown on the last major uprising, they have lost faith in statehood through negotiations, distrust their political leaders and believe Israel only understands force.
- 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.
- 4 Indian soldiers, 3 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting Updated: Oct-05-15 7:22 am
SRINAGAR, India - Four Indian army soldiers and three suspected rebels were killed in separate clashes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said Monday.
- 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."
- The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests 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:
- Clashes between Turkish forces, Kurdish rebels kill about 60 Updated: Sep-29-15 10:10 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Clashes between Turkish security forces and autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels have claimed nearly 60 lives in the southeast and across the border in northern Iraq, officials said Tuesday.
- Abbas out of options, out of synch with angry Palestinians Updated: Sep-28-15 7:53 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to drop a "bombshell" in a speech to the United Nations this week - prompting speculation that he will sever ties with Israel over its settlement expansion and other hard-line policies.
- Pope of the poor arrives in US denying he's a liberal Updated: Sep-22-15 11:44 pm
WASHINGTON - The pope of the poor arrived for his first-ever visit to the world's wealthiest superpower Tuesday denying he is a leftist and riding in a frugal little family car, windows rolled down.
- Ukraine's richest man plays both sides of war's frontline Updated: Sep-22-15 9:31 am
KRASNODON, Ukraine - In this town deep in eastern Ukraine's rebel heartland, about a quarter of the population works in the coal mines owned by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man. Here and elsewhere in territory controlled by the separatist insurgency, the tycoon keeps the lights on and people clothed and fed, with a mixture of jobs, electricity and aid.
- Yemeni pro-government forces stall in push toward capital Updated: Sep-22-15 3:02 am
SANAA, Yemen - In Yemen's Marib province, a key battleground in the fighting against Shiite rebels, frustration is growing in the ranks of troops backing the country's president-in-exile after more than a week without gains on the ground.
- Israel struggles to counter Palestinian rock-throwing threat Updated: Sep-21-15 6:24 am
JERUSALEM - After finding high-tech solutions to halt suicide bombings and rockets, tech-savvy Israel is struggling with the resurgence of a weapon dating back to David and Goliath: the hurled rock.
- GOP leaders face tough test in Congress to keep gov't open Updated: Sep-21-15 4:55 am
WASHINGTON - Congress' Republican leaders face stark tests as they fight to keep the government open past month's end, amid fears a shutdown could imperil their party's White House ambitions.
- Venezuelan film flourishing as society becomes more censored Updated: Sep-19-15 1:16 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - A new wave of cinema is emerging from the chaos and violence of modern Venezuela that focuses on highly personal tales of gay love affairs and little boys who want to wear party dresses.
- AP WAS THERE: Pope John Paul II arrives in Cuba Updated: Sep-19-15 12:15 am
HAVANA - EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 21, 1998, Pope John Paul II became the first Catholic pontiff to visit Cuba, and more than 20 AP writers, editors, photographers and TV staffers arrived to cover the historic visit.
- An anxious, but hopeful return to Cuba for pope's visit Updated: Sep-18-15 8:45 pm
HAVANA - When Fidel Castro staged a first, failed attempt to overthrow the Cuban government, Roman Catholic Archbishop Enrique Perez Serantes pleaded for the rebel leader's life to be saved. After Castro took power, Serantes' support turned to opposition and the prelate's family fled.
- US revises number of US-trained rebels fighting in Syria Updated: Sep-18-15 1:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military says four more U.S.-trained moderate Syrian rebels have joined the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, raising the total to nine.
- Philippine rebels reject changes in proposed autonomy law Updated: Sep-18-15 10:06 am
MANILA, Philippines - A Muslim rebel leader said Friday that changes that would water down a proposed Muslim autonomy law under a peace deal with the Philippine government are unacceptable and that insurgents are appealing to lawmakers to pass legislation that would help end a decades-old rebellion in the country's south.
- Burkina Faso reform body says army unit should be disbanded Updated: Sep-14-15 1:51 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Burkina Faso's national reconciliation commission on Monday called for the dismantling of an elite military unit accused of killing demonstrators during last year's uprising that toppled the president of nearly three decades.