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Turkish backed Syrian fighters take a break near the village of Neirab, in Idlib province, Syria, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian troops press ahead with campaign as strikes kill 16

Feb. 25, 2020 1:31 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Airstrikes on rebel-controlled northwest Syria killed at least 16 people Tuesday, including two students and two teachers, opposition activists said, as government forces captured a town considered a symbol of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. The capture of Kafranbel was...

FILE - In this 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. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Turkey says 2 Turkish soldiers killed in Libya

Feb. 25, 2020 4:57 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in fighting in Libya, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday as he also defended Ankara's move to also send Syrian opposition fighters to the North African country. Erdogan's remarks followed reports that as many as 16 Turkish...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, Ghassan Salame, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N. mission in Libya said Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, that the country’s warring sides have agreed to turn a shaky cease-fire into a lasting deal. That's stirring modest hopes after weeks of sporadic violence derailed negotiations. The latest round of U.N.-mediated talks wrapped up Monday in Geneva. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)

UN: Libya's warring sides agree to cement cease-fire deal

Feb. 24, 2020 8:41 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. mission in Libya said Monday that the country’s warring sides had agreed to turn a shaky cease-fire into a formal deal, stirring modest hopes after weeks of sporadic violence that derailed negotiations. As the latest round of U.N.-mediated talks between rival military leaders...

FILE - In this June 23, 2010 file photo, international lawyer Robert Amsterdam speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, Amsterdam defended the decision of Amsterdam & Partners to represent Nicolas Maduro's Inspector General Reinaldo Muñoz, brushing aside calls from Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott and others for lawyers to stay far away from Maduro’s “brutal regime.” (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Venezuela's Maduro taps DC firm to fight US sanctions

Feb. 21, 2020 7:21 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A top official for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government has hired a Washington law firm that also represents Turkey, taking over from another legal team that backed out last month following an outcry from critics who accused it of collaborating with a repressive regime. Lawyer...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo Turkish soldiers fire a missile at Syrian government position in the province of Idlib, Syria. Syria’s civil war has long provided a free-for-all battlefield for proxy fighters. But in its ninth year, the war is drawing major foreign actors into direct conflict, with the threat of all-out confrontations becoming a real possibility. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors, increasing tension

Feb. 21, 2020 1:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — In northern Syria, heavy exchanges between Syrian and Turkish troops are erupting with more frequency, threatening to escalate into full-blown conflict. Russian and U.S. convoys crisscross each other on remote dirt roads, the tension between them on full display. U.S. troops even have had a...

Turkish backed rebel fighters fire heavy machine gun near the village of Neirab in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday by an airstrike in northwestern Syria, according to Turkey's Defense Ministry, following a large-scale attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Erdogan urges Putin to rein in Syria, end human crisis

Feb. 21, 2020 1:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call Friday to “restrain" the Syrian government and halt the humanitarian crisis unfolding in northwestern Syria as Damascus wages a military offensive against the last rebel stronghold in the country....

A woman lights a candle at a monument on the market place during a mourning for the victims of the shooting in Hanau, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb overnight in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

HANAU, Germany (AP) — A German who shot and killed nine people of foreign background in a rampage that began at a hookah bar frequented by immigrants had posted an online rant calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst,” authorities said...

Turkish backed rebel fighters take positions near the village of Neirab in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday by an airstrike in northwestern Syria, according to Turkey's Defense Ministry, following a large-scale attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

Feb. 20, 2020 9:30 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in an airstrike in northwestern Syria, Turkey said, after an attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. The deaths came after the Turkish president threatened to expand his nation's involvement in Syria...

European Union leaders meet during a round table at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Riccardo Pareggiani, Pool)

EU urges halt to Syrian offensive in Idlib, vows new aid

Feb. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging an immediate halt to a crushing offensive by Syrian forces that has displaced nearly 1 million people in recent weeks. The 27-nation EU said in a statement early Friday that it is ready to boost aid to the most vulnerable civilians affected in Syria's Idlib...

A girl takes a picture near candles as she takes part in a vigil for the victims of a shooting in Hanau, Germany Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb overnight in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Germany's immigrant community in Hanau reeling after attack

Feb. 20, 2020 3:24 PM EST

HANAU, Germany (AP) — In the German town of Hanau, a longtime immigrant destination with decades of coexistence between people of different origins, residents were left with the fear Thursday that their community was targeted after a gunman shot and killed nine people of foreign background. Residents...