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Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Jun. 22, 2018 6:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say government forces are keeping up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest, using artillery, airstrikes and barrel bombs to target rebel-held parts of the region. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says government helicopters have dropped more...

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

Jun. 22, 2018 5:56 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war failed Friday as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years. "This is simply because we have had enough of him," government...

South Sudan's armed opposition rejects 'imposition' of peace

Jun. 21, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition on Thursday rejected any "imposition" of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years. An opposition statement called Wednesday night's meeting...

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

Jun. 21, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of "serious repercussions" for the violations. The U.S.,...

The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the south

Jun. 21, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A spokesman says the U.N. is "deeply concerned" about the safety of an estimated 750,000 people in southern Syria amid an unraveling cease-fire. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday the world body is calling on all parties...

Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

Jun. 21, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. She arrived later in the Lebanese capital Beirut, another major Middle Eastern refugee host...

South Sudan's warring leaders meet for 1st time since 2016

Jun. 20, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders met face-to-face for the first time in almost two years Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war, shaking hands but making no public comments. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar continued meeting into the...

Remains of Civil War soldiers found in pit of severed limbs

Jun. 20, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Researchers have discovered the remains of two Civil War soldiers buried among a batch of severed limbs on a northern Virginia battlefield. The National Park Service on Wednesday announced the discoveries at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The park service says it's the first time...

UN: State, rebels committed war crimes in Syria's Ghouta

Jun. 20, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday that the Syrian government and rebel forces both committed war crimes during the five-year government siege of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and the two-month offensive to retake the area from insurgents earlier this year. In a report released in...

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension

Jun. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets Tuesday over rebel-held parts of the country's south calling on civilians to help the military clear the area of militants amid an increase of violence in the region that was among the first to rise against the government seven years ago. The...