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New UN Syria envoy sees opportunity in constitution process

Feb. 15, 2019 1:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. envoy for Syria said Friday that the long-delayed formation of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria is "a potential door-opener for the political process" and he hopes to see it meet in Geneva "as soon as possible." But Geir Pedersen stressed that the...

US: Time to expand the international coalition against IS

Feb. 15, 2019 12:27 PM EST

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — The top Pentagon official said Friday he foresees a "bigger and stronger" American-led international coalition combatting the Islamic State group globally as the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria. Pat Shanahan, on his first trip abroad as the acting secretary of defense, made his...

IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Feb. 14, 2019 5:39 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants' outposts in and...

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Feb. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In...

The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves

Feb. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after...

Senate Democrat wants documents related to Khashoggi killing

Feb. 14, 2019 11:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Democratic on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday called on the Trump administration to turn over all documents related to the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting...

Cypriot UK bases court jails man for people trafficking bid

Feb. 14, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A court within the two British military bases in Cyprus has sentenced a Palestinian man to six months in prison after finding him guilty of trying to illegally bring two men into a base from the island's Turkish Cypriot breakaway north. A bases statement said Thursday that Mohammed...

Report: Khashoggi's fiancee could also have been a victim

Feb. 14, 2019 10:11 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency is quoting a police report suggesting that the Turkish fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have escaped being a second victim of the killing. Citing an annual report by Istanbul police on Thursday, Anadolu says Khashoggi's killers were most likely...

Turkey: 4 detained over deadly building collapse

Feb. 14, 2019 7:51 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have detained four people in connection with the collapse of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul that killed 21. Anadolu Agency said the building's project officer, construction engineer, safety inspector and a technical officer were...

Turkey: 52 Syrians detained over links to IS

Feb. 14, 2019 4:23 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained 52 Syrian nationals over their suspected links to the Islamic State group. Anadolu Agency says the suspects were detained Thursday in the town of Osmangazi, in northwestern Bursa province. The private DHA agency said police...