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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Speaker of the People's Council of Syria Hammouda Sabbagh, center right, receives Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, second left, on his arrival to the airport, in the Syrian capital Damascus, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (SANA via AP)

Assad's forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

Feb. 16, 2020 1:44 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country's northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government's hold over the key Aleppo province. The Syrian government advance also appeared to put the provincial capital of...

From left: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrive for a meeting about Libya alongside the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Powers renew pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

Feb. 16, 2020 7:37 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Countries with interests in Libya's civil war recommitted themselves Sunday to uphold a barely working arms embargo, four weeks after a peace summit in Berlin was followed by numerous new arms violations, officials from Germany and the U.N. said. Germany and the U.N., which co-hosted the Jan....

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Turkish delegation will travel to Russia on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there, Turkey's foreign minister said. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Idlib province are scrambling to escape a widening, multi-front...

This Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo released by the opposition Syrian Civil Defense rescue group, also known as White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian walking outside their tents at a displaced people camp near Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria. A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many of them sleeping in open fields and under trees in freezing temperatures. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Freezing weather compounds crisis for displaced in Syria

Feb. 15, 2020 12:34 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many of them sleeping in open fields and under trees in freezing...

Greek island of Karpathos hit by 4.8-magnitude quake

Feb. 14, 2020 12:07 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook Greece's southeastern Aegean Sea islands Friday, officials said. No damage or injuries were reported. The University of Athens' Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake had an epicenter 39 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of...

Mourners carry coffins during a funeral of military cadets in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Health officials said the death toll from the airstrike climbed to at least 30 people, most of them students and over 30 others were wounded. The airstrike took place in the city's south late Saturday, an area which has seen heavy clashes in recent months. Forces based in eastern Libya and led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter have been fighting to seize the capital from the weak but U.N.-supported government. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)

EU officials push for bloc to enforce Libya arms embargo

Feb. 14, 2020 8:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European Union officials are seeking support from member states to have naval ships enforce the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, according to a confidential memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The proposal from the EU's diplomatic service, dated Feb. 12, suggests the bloc's largely...

Turkey court acquits exiled novelist of terror charges

Feb. 14, 2020 8:01 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday acquitted journalist and award-winning novelist Asli Erdogan of terrorism-related charges for writing for a pro-Kurdish newspaper that has since been shut-down. Lawyer Erdal Dogan told reporters that the court in Istanbul acquitted the author, who lives in exile in...

FILE - In this January 30, 2020 file photo, Syrians sit in the back of a truck fleeing the advance of government forces, as they head towards the Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled recent government bombardment of the last rebel bastion, the northwestern Idlib province, seeking shelter from harsh winter weather in muddy tents and half-constructed buildings. As government forces advance, areas deemed safe are rapidly shrinking. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed, File)

Syrians scramble for refuge in last opposition frontier

Feb. 14, 2020 7:41 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Throughout Syria’s civil war, Maad al-Khalaf helped other Syrians find shelter in the opposition enclave in the northwest as they fled government military advances around the country. Now he’s the one in need of refuge as a swift offensive overwhelmed his home village. He joined...

FILE - This Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, a Syrian soldier in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikoun, stands on the highway that links the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. The M5 highway, recaptured by President Bashar Assad’s forces this week, is arguably the most coveted prize in Syria’s civil war. The strategic highway is vital for Syria’s  economy as well as for moving troops. (AP Photo/Albert Aji, File)

AP Explains: Why Syria's M5 is Assad's highway to victory

Feb. 14, 2020 7:01 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — It is arguably one of the most coveted prizes in Syria’s civil war, and after eight years of fighting, Syrian President Bashar Assad has got it back. The Damascus-Aleppo highway, or the M5, is known to Syrians simply as the “International Road.” Cutting through Syria's...

Syrian civilians flee from Idlib in rain toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold according to news reports by a Turkish news agency.( AP Photo)

UN says 140,000 displaced in 3 days amid Syrian offensive

Feb. 13, 2020 2:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Over 140,000 Syrians have been displaced in the last three days alone by violence in the country's northwest, bringing the total of those uprooted in a Syrian government offensive against the last opposition stronghold to over 800,000, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N. said at least...