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3 blasts hit Syrian town near border with Turkey, 6 killed

Nov. 11, 2019 12:16 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Three car bombs went off Monday in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, killing at least six people, while a priest was shot dead in a nearby area by extremists, state media and activists said. Northern Syria has been hit by several explosions that...

The Latest: Reports: Explosion hits northeast Syrian town

Nov. 11, 2019 8:45 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Syrian state media and activist collectives are reporting at least one explosion in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli. State news agency SANA, which has reporters in the town, gave no further details about Monday's...

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...

The Latest: UN envoy hails 1st round of Syria charter talks

Nov. 8, 2019 8:15 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The U.N. envoy for Syria says first talks on the country's constitution involving Syrian opposition, government and civil society representatives have "gone much better" than many would have expected. Geir Pedersen says the two...

Albanian boy freed from IS camp on way home to Italy

Nov. 7, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Albanian boy who was taken to Syria by his mother when she joined the Islamic State group has been freed from a crowded detention camp in northeastern Syria and is on track to return home to Italy with his father, Red Cross and Red Crescent officials said Thursday. The story of 11-year-old...

'End of history'? 30 years on, does that idea still hold up?

Nov. 7, 2019 2:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Months before the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, with the Soviet stranglehold over the Eastern Bloc crumbling, a young political scientist named Francis Fukuyama made a declaration that quickly became famous. It was, he declared, "the end of history." But the heralded defeat of Communism...

3rd-party bid? Gabbard's denials don't ease Democrats' fears

Nov. 7, 2019 12:09 AM EST

Tulsi Gabbard keeps making her fellow Democrats nervous. The Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate appeared on Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News. She wrote for the conservative-leaning editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal. She denounced Hillary Clinton as the "personification of the rot...

Supreme leader: Iran has outflanked US since 1979 revolution

Nov. 3, 2019 9:23 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Sunday that his country has outmaneuvered the United States in the four decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran has "trapped the other party in the corner of the ring in many cases," adding that U.S. aggression toward Iran...

Blast in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed gunmen kills 13

Nov. 2, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey on Saturday killing 13 people, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. The ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which was captured last month by Turkey-backed opposition...

Turkey says its forces capture 18 Syrian soldiers in Syria

Oct. 31, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish military forces captured 18 Syrian government soldiers in northeastern Syria, Turkey's defense minister said Thursday, in one of the most dramatic examples of an increasingly muddled battleground following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the area. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi...