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Turkey bears responsibility for possible war crimes in Syria, Human Rights Watch says

Feb. 29, 2024 05:17 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that Turkey bears responsibility for some of the abuses and possible war crimes committed in Syria, mostly against Kurdish residents in northern Syria. The New York-based watchdog said the abuses were committed by Turkish forces and...

Turkish drones kill 3 in an attack on a local Christian militia in northeastern Syria, officials say

Feb. 28, 2024 15:44 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish drone strikes in northeastern Syria on Wednesday killed at least three members of a local Christian force and wounded others, including civilians, a Kurdish official and a Syrian opposition war monitor said. Also on Wednesday, reported Israeli airstrikes hit...

UN envoy invites Syrian opponents for constitution talks in Geneva despite Russia's opposition

Feb. 27, 2024 13:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria issued formal invitations to the Syrian government and opposition groups on Tuesday to meet in Geneva in late April to resume negotiations on revising the country’s constitution, despite opposition from Damascus’ key ally Russia. ...

Iraq has captured 2 wanted Islamic State group members from abroad and brought them home

Feb. 24, 2024 14:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's authorities have captured two members of the Islamic State group in an operation outside the country and brought them home, where they confessed to committing crimes during the rule of the extremist organization, the intelligence department said Saturday. ...

International watchdog investigation finds Islamic State used mustard gas in 2015 attack in Syria

Feb. 22, 2024 12:59 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international investigative team said Thursday that its probe into a 2015 attack in Syria found “reasonable grounds to believe” that the Islamic State group used mustard gas, the latest finding of use of poison gas and nerve agents in Syria's grinding civil...

State media say an Israeli strike kills 2 in a Damascus residential area. Another kills 2 in Lebanon

Feb. 22, 2024 07:25 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli strikes hit a neighborhood of the Syrian capital on Wednesday morning, killing two people and causing material damage, Syria's state TV said. There was no confirmation of the strikes from Israel. In neighboring Lebanon, state media and security...

Jordan kills 5 drug smugglers on the Syrian border. The area is known for an addictive amphetamine

Feb. 18, 2024 22:36 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian soldiers have killed five smugglers who allegedly tried to bring drugs into the country from neighboring Syria, the country's military. The army said the incident occurred early Sunday. It said four other suspected smugglers were wounded and “large...

Interior ministers from 4 Arab countries agree in Jordan that illegal drug trade needs to be tackled

Feb. 17, 2024 12:27 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The interior ministers of four Arab countries held talks in Jordan on Saturday to discuss ways of combatting the illegal drug trade in the region and agreed to set up a joint telecommunications cell to exchange information. The meeting between the interior...

The Islamic State group poses rising threat in Africa despite progress, UN experts say

Feb. 16, 2024 18:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group poses a rising threat amid political instability in West Africa and the Sahel and remains intent on carrying out attacks abroad, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov reiterated U.N. findings that...

UN chief warns climate chaos and food crises threaten global peace: 'Empty bellies fuel unrest'

Feb. 14, 2024 13:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief warned Tuesday that climate chaos and food crises are increasing threats to global peace, telling a high-level U.N. meeting that climate disasters imperil food production and “empty bellies fuel unrest.” Secretary-General Antonio...