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Father and son who fled Syria are buried in New Zealand

Mar. 19, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse....

Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

Mar. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group's collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in...

The Latest: Russia defense minister meets with Syria's Assad

Mar. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian Defense Ministry said that during Tuesday's visit, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

Syria to UN envoy: Constitution is a 'sovereign' matter

Mar. 17, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said on Sunday that the country's constitution is a sovereign matter to be decided by the Syrians themselves without any foreign intervention. The comments by Walid al-Moallem were made during a meeting with the United Nations' special envoy to Syria, Geir...

US-backed forces admit to 'difficulties' beating IS in Syria

Mar. 17, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces fighting to recapture the last Islamic State group outpost in Syria admitted on Sunday they were facing "difficulties" defeating the extremists, saying they were being slowed by mines, tunnels and concerns over harming women and children among the militants. The...

Attorneys share discovery in Indiana woman's terror case

Mar. 16, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors have said they are still determining which confidential items they can share with attorneys defending an Indiana woman who is accused of providing tactical gear and funds to two Islamic State fighters. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abizer Zanzi said at a status hearing in federal...

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

Mar. 16, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left...

Lawyer: German journalist detained in Venezuela set free

Mar. 15, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A German freelance journalist jailed in Venezuela since November on espionage charges was released Friday within weeks of two other reporters being expelled from the tumultuous South American nation, his parents and a human rights attorney confirmed. A court in the capital of...

IS suicide attacks highlight perils of Syria campaign

Mar. 15, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The three Islamic State fighters emerged from the group's last bastion in eastern Syria on Friday acting as though they wanted to surrender, but when they reached the U.S.-backed forces that have them surrounded they blew themselves up, killing six people. The attacks...