- Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting Updated: Feb-05-16 5:09 pm
BEIRUT - Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.
- AP EXPLAINS: A look at the Syrian city of Aleppo Updated: Feb-05-16 4:22 pm
Government forces have been on the offensive in northern Syria, almost encircling rebel-held parts of Aleppo and forcing thousands of people to flee toward Turkey. If the government succeeds in recapturing the northern city, it would mark one of the biggest defeats for the opposition since the conflict began in 2011.
- The Latest: Kerry says Russia, Assad not complying with UN Updated: Feb-05-16 4:22 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria (all times Syria local):
- Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria Updated: Feb-04-16 2:34 pm
CAIRO - A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
- Sri Lanka lifts unofficial ban on Tamil national anthem Updated: Feb-04-16 6:55 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A Tamil-language version of Sri Lanka's national anthem was performed at the country's independence ceremony on Thursday, lifting an unofficial ban in another step toward post-civil war ethnic reconciliation.
- Top Israeli general calls IS 'our enemy' Updated: Feb-03-16 9:29 am
TEL AVIV, Israel - A top Israeli general said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is "our enemy" and that Israel is sharing intelligence with allies battling the extremists despite remaining on the sidelines of Syria's civil war.
- Official: Starvation in South Sudan as peace process stalls Updated: Feb-02-16 6:39 am
JUBA, South Sudan - The head of an international group monitoring South Sudan's peace process said Tuesday that people are starving in the country's Western Equatoria state as the government and rebels delay forming a transitional government to end the country's civil war.
- In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region Updated: Jan-29-16 5:40 am
BEIRUT - In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war.
- Iran training volunteer 'advisers' to serve in Syria Updated: Jan-27-16 12:02 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday that it is training volunteer "advisers" to serve alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.
- Correction: Mozambique-Refugees story Updated: Jan-27-16 8:21 am
MAPUTO, Mozambique - In a story Jan. 26 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that UNHCR spokeswoman is Karen de Gruijl. In fact her name is spelled Karin.
- UN panel: South Sudan rival leaders qualify for sanctions Updated: Jan-25-16 7:35 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan's president and a rebel leader both merit sanctions because their troops have targeted civilians and broken international law, a U.N. panel of experts says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press.
- UN envoy lowers expectations ahead of Syria talks on Friday Updated: Jan-25-16 3:43 pm
GENEVA - Lowering expectations about his ability to help end Syria's civil war, the U.N. special envoy announced talks between government and opposition representatives will start on Friday to embark on a six-month process that he hopes will include civil society and women's groups.
- Syrian opposition sharply divided ahead of peace talks Updated: Jan-22-16 6:11 pm
BEIRUT - Syrian groups opposed to President Bashar Assad are still sharply divided on who should represent them at peace talks which were scheduled to begin Monday in Geneva but now appear to be delayed.
- Analysis: Russia's tone familiar after spy poisoning report Updated: Jan-22-16 3:00 pm
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has made no public comment on the sensational report by a British judge that concluded the Kremlin leader probably approved a 2006 plan to kill a Russian dissident in London. Instead, his subordinates went before reporters and portrayed it as a groundless accusation concocted by a relentlessly hostile West.
- Kerry, Lavrov try to settle differences over Syrian talks Updated: Jan-20-16 10:56 am
ZURICH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Wednesday in hopes of resolving differences over who is eligible to join U.N.-mediated peace talks for Syria due to begin next week. Those differences have threatened to delay the start of the negotiations.
- In besieged Syrian city, hungry residents sell gold for food Updated: Jan-19-16 5:19 pm
BEIRUT - In Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Islamic State militants.
- As sanctions are lifted, Iranian foes fear the worst Updated: Jan-17-16 2:41 pm
JERUSALEM - As the nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect, many Middle Eastern countries fear a newly emboldened Iran, flush with cash and international recognition, will grow more aggressive with what they see as meddling in conflicts across the region.
- Bush spars with Trump supporter over foreign policy Updated: Jan-16-16 3:25 pm
AMHERST, New Hampshire - A fiery Jeb Bush defended his foreign policy strategies Saturday in the face of criticism from a Donald Trump supporter who showed up at one of Bush's town hall meetings.
- Kerry stands by Saudis while urging diplomacy with Iran Updated: Jan-14-16 9:57 am
LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday stood by ally Saudi Arabia in its widening rift with Iran over the execution of a Shiite cleric while urging the regional rivals to pursue a diplomatic solution.
- Obama, Putin call for tough response to North Korea Updated: Jan-13-16 4:21 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined Wednesday in calling for a tough global response to North Korea's recent nuclear test, even as they remained at odds over Ukraine and Syrian President Bashar Assad.
- Syrian artist, war refugee draws portraits of Paris victims Updated: Jan-13-16 2:44 am
AMMAN, Jordan - When Syrian war refugee Lina Mahameed saw TV reports of the recent Paris attacks, she recognized her own story reflected in the brutality.
- Sri Lanka begins process of drawing up a new constitution Updated: Jan-09-16 4:47 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's government on Saturday began the process of drawing up a new constitution for the country aimed at eliminating causes that led to a quarter-century civil war.
- Sri Lanka leader pardons man accused of planning to kill him Updated: Jan-08-16 10:49 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - On the first anniversary of his election, Sri Lanka's president on Friday pardoned a former Tamil Tiger insurgent accused of conspiring to kill him 10 years ago.
- S.Sudan rebels, gov't agree to share Cabinet positions Updated: Jan-07-16 11:41 am
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan's government and rebels have agreed on how to share the country's ministries for a proposed transitional government of national unity, a group overseeing the implementation of a peace deal to end the two-year civil war said Thursday.