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Turkish backed Syrian rebels enter the own of Saraqeb, in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters Thursday retook a strategic northwestern town iof Saraqeb, opposition activists said, and cut off the key highway linking the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, days after the government reopened it for the first time since 2012. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian opposition fighters retake key town, cut highway

Feb. 27, 2020 12:44 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government forces on Thursday, opposition activists said, cutting a key highway just days after the government reopened it for the first time since 2012. Despite losing the town of Saraqeb, Syrian President...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 photo, a view of the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Efraim on the hills of the Jordan Valley. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is eager to court the votes of the country's influential West Bank settlers in critical elections next month. President's Donald Trump's Mideast plan seemed to be the key to ramping up their support. The plan envisions Israel's eventual annexation of its scores of West Bank settlements — a long time settler dream. But in the weeks since it was unveiled, Netanyahu has stumbled over his promises to quickly carry out the annexation, sparking verbal attacks from settler leaders. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Watchdog: Israel moves ahead with hundreds of settler homes

Feb. 27, 2020 12:17 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is moving forward on plans to build more than 1,700 homes for settlers in the West Bank, the settlement watchdog Peace Now said Thursday. Peace Now said the housing was spread over 10 settlements, some deep inside the West Bank in areas the Palestinians want for a future state....

3,000-strong African force planned against Sahel extremism

Feb. 27, 2020 11:42 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have decided to work on deploying 3,000 troops to West Africa’s troubled Sahel region as extremist attacks surge, an African Union official said Thursday. The force would be a significant new player in the sprawling, arid region south of the Sahara Desert...

Syria: Israel drone strike kills civilian near Golan Heights

Feb. 27, 2020 11:14 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli drone fired a missile at a car in southern Syria on Thursday, killing one person, Syrian state TV reported, while an opposition war monitor said the man targeted was an anti-Israel operative. The state-run media outlet gave no further details on the attack near the...

Salvadoran congress passes war crimes sentence reduction law

Feb. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EST

El Salvador's congress has passed a law allowing judges to reduce sentences for crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war, drawing criticism from the president and rights activists. President Nayib Bukele vowed to veto the law, saying it did not contain the key elements of “truth, justice...

Libya officials: 21 civilians killed in Tripoli since Jan. 9

Feb. 27, 2020 9:59 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government says 21 civilians have been killed, including at least 13 children, since Jan. 9 casting doubt on a fragile cease-fire the Tripoli-based government and rival factions in the east agreed last month to observe. The Field Medicine and Support Center, a rescue group...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The working group proposed holding a nationwide vote on the changes on April 22. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

Feb. 27, 2020 9:28 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had rejected an offer to use body doubles for personal protection during a conflict in Chechnya. Speaking in an interview with the news agency Tass, another segment of which was released Thursday, Putin said the plan dated back to the early 2000s. He...

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol a street vandalized in Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. India accused a U.S. government commission of politicizing communal violence in New Delhi that killed at least 30 people and injured more than 200 as President Donald Trump was visiting the country. The violent clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs were the capital's worst communal riots in decades and saw shops, Muslim shrines and public vehicles go up in flames. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Scars of violence haunt India's capital after deadly riots

Feb. 27, 2020 8:14 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's hard-line Hindu nationalists watched anti-government protests centered in Muslim communities for months in anger that finally boiled over in the worst communal rioting in New Delhi in decades, leaving 32 people dead and the Indian capital shell-shocked. Tensions had been building...

In this photograph taken Tuesday Feb. 25, 2020, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, commander of the U.S. military's special forces in Africa, speaks to the Associated Press in Thies, Senegal. The only place in the world where fighters linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are cooperating is in West Africa's sprawling Sahel region. The commander of the U.S. military's special forces in Africa says that

AP Interview: Al-Qaida, IS affiliates team up in West Africa

Feb. 27, 2020 4:38 AM EST

THIES, Senegal (AP) — The only place in the world where fighters linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are cooperating is in West Africa's sprawling Sahel region, giving the extremists greater depth as they push into new areas, according to the commander of the U.S. military's special forces in...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1944 file photo, U.S. soldiers walk by a bombed out cemetery in Agana, Guam. The 1941 Japanese invasion of Guam, which happened on the same December day as the attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, set off years of forced labor, internment, torture, rape and beheadings.  Now, more than 75 years later, thousands of people on Guam, a U.S. territory, are expecting to get long-awaited compensation for their suffering at the hands of imperial Japan during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)

Islanders who suffered 1940s war atrocities on Guam get paid

Feb. 27, 2020 1:05 AM EST

HAGATÑA, Guam (AP) — For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan's occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion began, setting off bomb blasts, sirens and screams. It ended with her family surrendering their home and...