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The Latest: US envoy urges Turkey to stop Syria offensive

Oct. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 12:45 a.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Turkey to halt its offensive in northeastern Syria "and declare a cease-fire immediately." Kelly Craft said Wednesday that a delegation led by Vice...

Syria gets its moment at UN, small island states sound alarm

Sep. 28, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Overshadowed by other concerns, the war in Syria got some attention Saturday and leaders from assorted island nations pleaded for their survival as they urged the U.N. General Assembly to take action that would help stop them from sinking into the ocean. Syria's plight remains one of...

The Latest: Yemen vows to end attempts to divide country

Sep. 28, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9 p.m. Yemen's new foreign minister is vowing that the government will "end any attempt to tear apart our homeland." He's sharply criticizing Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who control much of...

Syria demands withdrawal of all American, Turkish forces

Sep. 28, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's top diplomat on Saturday demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem's remarks to the United Nations...

UN envoy: Constitutional committee is first step to peace

Sep. 24, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria said Tuesday the agreement to establish a committee to draft a new constitution for the conflict-wracked country is an important first step and "a door opener" to eventual U.N.-supervised elections and a new future. But Geir Pedersen said before that can...

UN: Syria constitution committee set, will meet within weeks

Sep. 23, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A long-awaited Syrian constitutional committee has been finalized after nearly two years of negotiations and is set to convene in the coming weeks, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday. Guterres told reporters at the U.N. headquarters that the Syrian government and...

Syrian government opens corridor for civilians in rebel area

Aug. 22, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities opened Thursday a "humanitarian corridor" so civilians from a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave and move to parts of the country controlled by the government, the Foreign Ministry said. Government warplanes, meanwhile, carried out an...