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Stories with subject: Civil wars
  • Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:23 pm
  • BEIRUT - Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest.

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:55 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

  • Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:10 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.

  • Sri Lanka says Canada holds Commonwealth to ransom 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:08 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka on Tuesday accused Canada of using its funding of the Commonwealth as a political tool by suspending its $10 million annual contribution while Sri Lanka chairs the group's secretariat.

  • Zeina Karam appointed AP's Beirut bureau chief 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:07 am
  • CAIRO - Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as the devastating conflict in Syria.

  • Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 8:46 am
  • BEIRUT - The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.

  • Syria war deepens fears for Lebanon's missing 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:39 pm
  • BEIRUT - For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son, Dani, to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet. His trousers, neatly folded, are stacked on the shelves next to his bed in the family's Beirut apartment.

  • Crocodile close calls: UK man walks length of Nile 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 11:00 am
  • JUBA, South Sudan - Close calls with crocodiles, a brutal civil war and even the death of a fellow traveler have not deterred a British man from attempting to walk the length of the Nile River.

  • Crocodile close calls: UK man walks length of Nile 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 10:46 am
  • JUBA, South Sudan - Close calls with crocodiles, a brutal civil war and even the death of a fellow traveler have not deterred a British man from attempting to walk the length of the Nile River.

  • Sri Lanka says it killed 3 trying to revive rebels 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:53 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan soldiers on Friday killed three men who were attempting to revive the Tamil Tigers separatist group, which was defeated in the country's civil war nearly five years ago, the Defense Ministry said.

  • Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 12:13 pm
  • BAGHDAD - Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the country's turmoil.

  • Vermont soldiers to be honored in Virginia 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 1:59 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Civil War soldiers will be honored with a historic marker at a battlefield in Virginia.

  • Women's group; Rebel suspects' families detained 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:13 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A Sri Lankan women's rights group said Wednesday that the government is arresting innocent female relatives of males it suspects are trying to revive the Tamil Tiger rebel group and the women are suffering from ill treatment.

  • UN rights chief blames most crimes on Syrian gov't 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:49 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Atrocities by the Syrian government "far outweigh" crimes by the opposition fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is "mostly responsible" for the human rights offenses in the three-year war, the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday.

  • Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:23 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back Tuesday against withering criticism by Republicans and some fellow Democrats, defending the Obama administration's response to an emboldened Russia, nuclear talks with Iran and the Syrian civil war.

  • Kerry: US strike in Syria wouldn't be devastating 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:39 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A threatened, but averted, American missile strike to punish Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack last summer would not have been powerful enough to change the course in the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, in an attempt to deflect criticism that the U.S. hasn't done enough to stem the violence there.

  • Hezbollah: Danger to Syria's president eliminated 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 3:41 pm
  • BEIRUT - The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer in danger of falling, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said in an interview with a Lebanese newspaper.

  • Lebanon registers 1 million Syrian refugees 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:55 pm
  • TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Yahya was trapped in his hometown for two years by Syria's civil war, moving from house to house to avoid shells and bullets. His father was killed by a sniper. His family then fled to another town that came under a fierce government offensive.

  • Lebanese foes celebrate together as army deploys 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:13 pm
  • TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Gunmen cheerfully shared coffee and cigarettes with men they have tried to kill with assault rifles, grenades and mortars. Women on balconies hurled rice to celebrate. Men chanted giddily to welcome soldiers deploying to the streets of this northern Lebanese city.

  • Syrians adjust to life without limbs 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:17 am
  • JIB JANINE, Lebanon - Grimacing, Mustafa Ahmad slid the scarred stump just below his right knee into his new prosthetic leg. Extending his arms for balance, he slowly rose and hobbled across the packed dirt floor toward the door of his ramshackle tent.

  • Kim Kardashian wades into Syria war debate 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 1:33 pm
  • BEIRUT - Kim Kardashian has waded into Syria's conflict, calling on fans through Twitter to save the ancient Armenian Christian village of Kassab, whose residents fled as rebels seized control of the hamlet in late March.

  • Obama offers Europe, Mideast allies assurances 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 3:02 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - From the heart of Europe to the expanse of Saudi Arabia's desert, President Barack Obama's weeklong overseas trip amounted to a reassurance tour for stalwart, but sometimes skeptical, American allies.

  • Assad preparing to run for president despite war 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 8:44 am
  • BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections by early this summer to win another 7-year term, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control and nearly a third of the population scattered by civil war.

  • Syrian-Armenian town's fate murky after rebel grab 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 6:19 pm
  • BADROUSIEH, Syria - When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it bore historic weight: it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt compelled to run for their lives.

  • Obama may allow air defense help for Syria rebels 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 12:34 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Obama administration is considering allowing shipments of new air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said Friday.