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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, Hoda Kinno, 11, is evacuated by her uncle Mustafa, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port in Beirut, Lebanon. The Kinno family from Syria's Aleppo region was devastated in the wake of the explosion -- Hoda suffered a broken neck and other injuries and her sister Sedra, 15, died in the explosion. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blast

Sep. 23, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

JIYYEH, Lebanon (AP) — When Mustafa Kinno felt the ground shake and heard the deafening blast toward the port, he frantically called his brother living nearby. No reply. He tried a neighbor, who said the family was sitting outside their apartment across from the port when it exploded. Terrified, Mustafa...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, Hoda Kinno, 11, is evacuated by her uncle Mustafa, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port in Beirut, Lebanon. The Kinno family from Syria's Aleppo region was devastated in the wake of the explosion -- Hoda suffered a broken neck and other injuries and her sister Sedra, 15, died in the explosion. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blast

Sep. 23, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

JIYYEH, Lebanon (AP) — When Mustafa Kinno felt the ground shake and heard the deafening blast toward the port, he frantically called his brother living nearby. No reply. He tried a neighbor, who said the family was sitting outside their apartment across from the port when it exploded. Terrified, Mustafa...

Mother of IS member loses bid to block UK evidence transfer

Sep. 22, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group lost a court challenge Tuesday to the British government’s decision to share evidence about her son with American authorities. El Shafee Elsheikh and another British...

Migrants from different nationalities, mainly from Somalia, Egypt and Morocco, but also from Libya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coat, Bangladesh, Senegal, Syria, Palestine, Benin and Tunisia, including 14 minors and 4 women, rest on board the Spanish NGO Open Arms vessel on Wednesday 9, 2020, after being rescued last Tuesday night as they were trying to flee Libya on board a precarious wooden boat, in international waters, in the Central Mediterranean sea. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

UN agencies urge "fresh start" for EU's failed asylum policy

Sep. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two U.N. agencies on Tuesday appealed to the European Union to set aside years of divisive debate over the best way to manage migrants and refugees and make a “fresh start,” as Brussels prepares to unveil a major overhaul of Europe’s failed asylum system. The arrival in...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 file photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria. U.N.-backed investigators in the 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, pointed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do more to help prevent them. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

Dutch government seeks to hold Syria accountable for torture

Sep. 18, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government announced Friday it is holding Syria responsible under international law for “gross human rights violations,” in a process that could ultimately trigger a case at the United Nations’ highest court. The Dutch initiative, invoking the...

Syria blames US for harsh fuel crisis paralyzing the country

Sep. 17, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s oil minister claimed the severe fuel crisis that has hit his country is the result of Western sanctions, and also allegedly because oil fields in eastern regions have fallen under control of American troops and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. The minister, Bassam Tomeh...

Minnesota man faces terror charge for allegedly joining IS

Sep. 16, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of joining the Islamic State group has been returned to the United States and faces a terrorism charge after spending more than a year in Syrian custody with alleged IS fighters, according to documents unsealed Wednesday. Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 23, made his first...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 file photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria. U.N.-backed investigators in the 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, pointed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do more to help prevent them. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

UN experts decry continued abuse as Syria's war grinds on

Sep. 15, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed investigators pointed Tuesday to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do...

US: Helicopter makes emergency landing in Syria, no injuries

Sep. 15, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A helicopter for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group made an emergency landing in northeast Syria on Tuesday morning, a U.S. military spokesman said. There were no injuries. Col. Wayne Marotto tweeted that the incident was not the result of hostile activity. The...