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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, and Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi deliver statements to the press, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

Jan. 16, 2020 1:22 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed assurances Thursday from Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter that he would stick to a cease-fire as world powers prepare to gather in Berlin for a summit on the North African nation's future. Merkel's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, visited Libya's eastern city...

A boy cries after government airstrikes in the town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area Wednesday in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

UN report lays out agonies faced by Syrian children amid war

Jan. 16, 2020 6:44 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — In Syria's civil war, girls as young as nine have been raped and forced into sexual slavery. Boys have been tortured, forced into military training and ordered to carry out killings in public. Children have been targeted by sniper fire and used as bargaining chips to extract ransoms. Those...

This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian White Helmet civil defense workers extinguish a burning car that was hit by Syrian government airstrikes, in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area on Wednesday in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Groups: Syrian planes strike market in rebel area, 15 dead

Jan. 15, 2020 2:40 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area Wednesday in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said. A new cessation of hostilities agreement between Russia and Turkey, who support...

Syria says its air defenses intercept attack on airbase

Jan. 14, 2020 4:43 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s air defenses confronted an aerial “aggression” from Israel that targeted an air base in the country's center late Tuesday, state media reported quoting a military official. The official quoted by the state news agency SANA said the attack targeted the...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor Monday's talks between rival parties in Libya in the Russian capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Russia downplays failed Libya talks before Berlin summit

Jan. 14, 2020 12:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia sought Tuesday to downplay the collapse of talks that sought to secure a cease-fire in Libya after the country's rival leaders left Moscow without reaching an agreement, an outcome that cast a shadow on an upcoming Libya summit hosted by Germany. Russia and Turkey proposed a...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

CORRECTS NAME OF LIBYA'S PRIME MINISTER TO FAYEZ SARRAJ -- FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, prior to their meeting in Istanbul. The Russian Foreign Ministry says Libya's rival leaders will meet in Moscow for peace talks. The ministry said that Sarraj and his rival will meet Monday in the Russian capital. The talks follow a truce proposed by Russia and Turkey that began Sunday. It came as Libya's civil war was on the brink of a major escalation. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

A look at the major players in Libya's shape-shifting war

Jan. 13, 2020 12:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rival leaders meeting for rare peace talks on Monday with Russian and Turkish officials in Moscow was a stark reminder of how the Libyan civil war has shape-shifted in recent months. Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in the long-running conflict, have emerged as...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, third left, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, second left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, fourth right, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, third right, attend the talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor Monday's talks between rival parties in Libya in the Russian capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Libya ceasefire talks in Moscow adjourned for the night

Jan. 13, 2020 11:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Talks in Moscow about bringing an end to Libya's long-running civil war have been adjourned for the night after the country's rival governments on Monday considered ceasefire proposals from Russia and Turkey. Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli, and his...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. Libya’s east-based forces have announced that they will abide by a Russia and Turkish-brokered ceasefire starting Sunday, in a last-minute reversal. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Libya truce holds amid reports of violations by both sides

Jan. 12, 2020 2:52 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's rival governments were sticking to an internationally brokered cease-fire that began Sunday, even as immediate reports of violations by both sides raised concerns it might not hold. The truce, proposed by Russia and Turkey, could be the first break in fighting in months, and...

Protesters chant slogans and hold up posters of Gen. Qassem Soleimani during a demonstration in front of the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. A candlelight ceremony late Saturday in Tehran turned into a protest, with hundreds of people chanting against the country's leaders — including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — and police dispersing them with tear gas. Police briefly detained the British ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, who said he went to the Saturday vigil without knowing it would turn into a protest. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Defying police, Iranians protest over plane shootdown

Jan. 12, 2020 12:48 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital amid soaring tensions with the United States. Videos...