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Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Jun. 22, 2018 6:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say government forces are keeping up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest, using artillery, airstrikes and barrel bombs to target rebel-held parts of the region. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says government helicopters have dropped more...

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

Jun. 21, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of "serious repercussions" for the violations. The U.S.,...

The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the south

Jun. 21, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A spokesman says the U.N. is "deeply concerned" about the safety of an estimated 750,000 people in southern Syria amid an unraveling cease-fire. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday the world body is calling on all parties...

Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

Jun. 21, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. She arrived later in the Lebanese capital Beirut, another major Middle Eastern refugee host...

No easy path: Complex mass migration, politics reshape globe

Jun. 20, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Lined up before dawn, dozens of migrants outside a government office in Italy jostled to be one of the handful allowed inside to request asylum Wednesday. The journeys that brought them to Rome and the sleepless nights wondering if they would be allowed to stay was being repeated in cities and...

The Latest: Reports: Europe to toughen migrant checks

Jun. 20, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on global migration and World Refugee Day (all times local): 7 p.m. European governments are reportedly planning tougher checks at train and bus stations as part of efforts to stop asylum-seekers from traveling freely across the continent's open borders. German media reported...

UN: State, rebels committed war crimes in Syria's Ghouta

Jun. 20, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday that the Syrian government and rebel forces both committed war crimes during the five-year government siege of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and the two-month offensive to retake the area from insurgents earlier this year. In a report released in...

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

Jun. 19, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish. One of the first billboards honors Turkish soldiers killed in the...

Germany: Syrian teen admits assault on man wearing skullcap

Jun. 19, 2018 9:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old from Syria confessed to assaulting a man wearing a skullcap in the German capital as his trial opened Tuesday in a case that gave rise to concerns about rising anti-Semitism and prompted demonstrations in the streets. The April attack was caught on video by the 21-year-old...

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension

Jun. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets Tuesday over rebel-held parts of the country's south calling on civilians to help the military clear the area of militants amid an increase of violence in the region that was among the first to rise against the government seven years ago. The...