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In this photo taken on Sunday, March 1, 2020, Turkey-backed opposition fighters transport a fellow fighter for treatment after he was wounded in fighting with Syrian government forces and their allies in Sarmin, south of Idlib, Syria. Fighting on the ground in Idlib continued Monday, with heavy clashes between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed fighters. (AP Photo)

Turkey downs Syrian fighter jet in northwest Idlib

Mar. 3, 2020 2:46 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey shot down a Syrian fighter jet in Syria's Idlib province Tuesday, marking the third such incident in as many days, as steady clashes between the two national armies continued over a Russia-backed Syrian government offensive near the Turkish border. State-run Syrian media said...

Four Russian news agency journalists released in Turkey

Mar. 1, 2020 11:32 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state-owned Sputnik news agency says four of its journalists in Turkey have been released after questioning in connection with attacks on some of the journalists' residences. Sputnik, which operates news websites in about 30 languages, said angry mobs tried to break into the...

Turkish backed Syrian fighter fires at a frontline near the town of Saraqib in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Syrian government forces have captured dozens of villages, including major rebel strongholds, over the past few days in the last opposition-held area in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian army hits civilian sites in relentless Idlib campaign

Feb. 26, 2020 7:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces bombed civilian targets in the northwestern Idlib province Wednesday, pushing ahead with a fierce military campaign that has sent nearly a million people fleeing from their homes and killed hundreds over the past three months. Backed by Russian air power, President...

FILE In this file photo taken on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Vladislav Surkov, deputy prime minister in charge of economic modernization, during a visit in Kurgan, Russia. A former senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine will never be able to regain control over the separatist-controlled east. Vladislav Surkov, who lost his job as Putin's adviser on Ukraine earlier this month, said in remarks published Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 that he stepped down because of a shift in the Kremlin course on the Ukrainian conflict. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ex-Kremlin aide says Ukraine will never reclaim rebel east

Feb. 26, 2020 1:26 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A former senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine will never be able to regain control over the country's separatist-controlled east, where Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces have fought for almost six years. Vladislav Surkov, who lost his job as Putin's...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Maduro said Friday that authorities haven’t detained opposition leader Juan Guaido because the courts haven’t ordered it, but he warned: “It will come.” (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela

Feb. 18, 2020 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro to keep his grip on power in the South American country. Administration officials said...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Turkish delegation will travel to Russia on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there, Turkey's foreign minister said. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Idlib province are scrambling to escape a widening, multi-front...

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, arrives to meet with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza at the Foreign Ministry in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Russian foreign minister visits Venezuela, bolstering Maduro

Feb. 7, 2020 3:52 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Russia's foreign minister visited Venezuela on Friday in a show of support for President Nicolás Maduro as U.S. vows of more pressure threaten to cut off the socialist leader from a key financial ally in Moscow. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's stop in Caracas follows a trip...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives for a a news conference in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Russia FM: No proposal for Maduro exit in Venezuela visit

Feb. 6, 2020 9:16 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Thursday that Moscow maintains its position there should be a “national dialogue without previous conditions” in Venezuela to resolve the South American nation’s protracted political crisis. Sergey Lavrov said that in making his tour of...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Cavusoglu said Tuesday Ankara and Moscow were trying to keep peace efforts for Syria alive despite Syrian government advances and a deadly clash between Turkish and Syrian forces in northern Syria. (Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

President: Turkey won't allow more ground to Syria in Idlib

Feb. 4, 2020 1:19 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president said Tuesday his country won't allow Syrian forces to gain additional territory in a northern Syrian province, Turkish media reported, a day after clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces killed soldiers on both sides. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments came as Syrian...

Venezuela's interim President Juan Guaido speaks to the media after a rally in Miami, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Guaido told a large crowd of cheering expatriates in Miami on Saturday that he will soon make his return to Caracas from an international tour with the “world's backing” to oust President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)

Guaidó rallies Venezuelan expats in Miami at end of tour

Feb. 1, 2020 7:53 PM EST

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — Venezuela's Juan Guaidó told a large crowd of cheering expatriates in Miami on Saturday that he will soon make his return to Caracas from an international tour, bringing with him the “world's backing” to oust President Nicolás Maduro. “We have a plan. We...