Latest Civil wars News

South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

Aug. 20, 2018 7:48 AM EDT

NYAL, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government claims the shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but there is considerable skepticism. It wasn't helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month,...

Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni rebels

Aug. 19, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah says its leader has met with a delegation from Yemen's Houthi rebels. The Lebanese militant group said Sunday that Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen's civil war. Hezbollah is believed to...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Aug. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his...

Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

Aug. 17, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces. The Saudi move was blasted by the Syrian government which called...

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

Aug. 17, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....

Russia says it's trying to help Syrian refugees' return home

Aug. 15, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home and rebuild the country's infrastructure destroyed by the civil war. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said in a conference call that included Russian and Syrian officials that work is...

Russia to help restore UN patrols near Syria-Israel frontier

Aug. 14, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

TAL KROUM, Syria (AP) — The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help U.N. peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, reflecting Moscow's deepening role in mediating between the decades-old foes. The Russian deployment in the area...

Kurds meet with Syrian government to discuss self-rule

Aug. 14, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives from Syria's Kurdish-run northeastern region met with the government in Damascus last week to discuss self-administration in a postwar Syria, a leading Kurdish official said Tuesday. It was the second meeting between the two sides, and they agreed to continue their...

US wheat from Pacific Northwest heading to war-torn Yemen

Aug. 13, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America's Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation. The U.S. Agency for International Development, which administers the Food for Peace program,...