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Refugees and migrants burn garbage bins and chant slogans as they demonstate outside Moria camp, following the stabbing death of an 20-year-old man from Yemen in the Greek island of Lesbos, Friday, Jan, 17, 2020. Authorities arrested a 27-year-old Afghan migrant in connection with the incident. Overcrowding at Moria has steadily worsened over the past year as the number of arrivals of migrants and refugees using clandestine routes from Turkey to the Greek islands remains high _ and totaled nearly 60,000 in 2019. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

EU border chief says migrant entries from Turkey on the rise

Jan. 17, 2020 11:49 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing strife in Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the European Union’s border agency said Friday. More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter...

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, worshippers chant slogans during Friday prayers ceremony, as a banner show Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, left, and Iraqi Shiite senior militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone attack on Jan. 3, and a banner which reads in Persian:

'Days of God': A look at Iran's mounting crises

Jan. 17, 2020 11:14 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says his nation is living through “days of God.” The Islamic Republic has been reeling from one crisis to another, from the targeted killing by the United States of its top general to the Revolutionary Guard's accidental shootdown of a...

Car-bomb attack in northern Syria kills 3 Turkish soldiers

Jan. 17, 2020 7:53 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A car bombing has killed three Turkish soldiers in a Turkish-controlled area in northern Syria, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the attack occurred late on Thursday as the soldiers were carrying out road checks in northern Syria, in an area that is under the control...

FILE - In this this file photo released on May 4, 2015, on a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria.   The Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center, a U.S.-based Syrian rights group, said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020,  that evidence, documents produced by the Islamic State militants themselves,  could help identify individuals responsible for atrocities during the militants four-year reign of terror in Syria, thus enabling prosecution for international crimes. (Militant website via AP, File)

Bureaucracy to brutality: New evidence reveals IS hierarchy

Jan. 16, 2020 4:24 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Documents compiled by a U.S.-based Syrian rights group reveal how Islamic State militants used one of their most powerful bureaucratic bodies to regulate daily life and impose and execute penalties. The new evidence could be used in international prosecutions. The Washington-based Syria...

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...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right speaks as from left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats differ on US-Mideast wars, with no clear exit plan

Jan. 15, 2020 4:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is united in lambasting President Donald Trump’s handling of America’s military presence in the Middle East, but the candidates are sharply divided on how to do it better. Their solutions range from pulling out to cutting back. Aside from...

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...

FILE- In this Monday, May 27, 2019 file photo, NATO forces attend the graduation ceremony of Afghan National Army soldiers from a 3-month training program at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Iran warning puts thousands of European troops in spotlight

Jan. 15, 2020 9:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A warning by Iran's president that European forces in the Middle East could be at risk if their nations join the U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic puts a focus on thousands of foreign troops in the region. Britain, France, and Germany have spent months...

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...

Kosovo woman, man repatriated from Syria charged with terror

Jan. 14, 2020 11:05 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Tuesday filed terrorism charges against an Albanian woman and a man for allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. A prosecutors' office statement said the defendant woman identified as V.K. and the man identified as F.D. left Kosovo in March 2015 to...