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People attend funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in the town of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. (AP Photo)

Turkey-backed Syria fighters retaliate for deadly airstrike

Oct. 27, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition groups allied with Turkey lobbed hundreds of missiles and artillery rockets at government posts in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed dozens of their fighters a day earlier. The renewed violence has undermined an already shaky...

Airstrike kills dozens of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters

Oct. 26, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed more than 50 Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. The opposition blamed Russia for the daytime...

In this photo released on May, 20, 2019 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, listens to Damascus Mufti Adnan Afiouni, right, at an Islamic center, in Damascus, Syria. Mufti Afiouni who played a key role in government deals with rebel fighters, was killed on Thursday Oct. 22, 2020 by an explosion in the town of Qudsaya, west of Damascus, Syria, when a roadside bomb exploded near him, according to state media and a government site. (SANA via AP)

Report: Bombing kills Syrian cleric key to deals with rebels

Oct. 22, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A roadside bombing on Thursday killed a senior Syrian cleric who played a key role in government deals with rebel fighters, according to Syrian state media and a government website. The explosion that killed Damascus Mufti Mohammed Adnan Afiouni took place in the town of Qudsaya,...

Turkish military convoy drives through the village of Urum al-Jawz, in Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months, activists said Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkey evacuates large military post in northwest Syria

Oct. 20, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months, activists said Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials. Activists and opposition media platforms...

Firefighters work as building of a residential area burns after night shelling in Stepanakert, the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Heavy fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the region since Sept. 27 has killed scores of both servicemen and civilians. Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the 1994. (AP Photo/Karen Mirzoyan)

Iran's Rouhani slams sending fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh

Oct. 7, 2020 5:19 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned that his country will not tolerate the presence of foreign fighters — “terrorists that Iran has fought for years" — near its northern border, where a conflict is raging between Azerbaijan and Armenia....

FILE - This Wednesday, March 21, 2018 file photo shows the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands. The global chemical weapons watchdog says that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemical weapons were used in either case. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued two reports Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 by its Fact-Finding Mission into attacks in Saraqib in the Idlib region on Aug. 1, 2016, and in Aleppo on Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

OPCW probes couldn't prove chemical use in 2 Syria attacks

Oct. 2, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemicals were used as weapons in either case. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued two reports by its...

UN peacekeepers rescue 36 migrants outside Lebanese waters

Sep. 14, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon said it rescued on Monday 36 people onboard a ship carrying migrants outside Lebanon’s territorial waters. The force, known as UNIFIL, said there were 37 migrants on the ship but that one had died by the time the peacekeepers rescued the...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope recalls visit to Lesbos refugee camp, urges solidarity

Sep. 13, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed solidarity Sunday with the thousands of migrants who were left homeless by fires that wrecked a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos and called for them to receive a “human and dignified” welcome wherever they relocate. Francis recalled...

An employee wearing a face mask and face shield stands to guide passengers to maintain a one-way walk flow as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

Sep. 10, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend in fresh infections for the country. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the 176 cases added in the previous 24 hours took the...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018 file photo, Syrian refugees line up to register their names at an employment office, at the Azraq Refugee Camp, 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Amman, Jordan. The U.N. agency for refugees said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, that it has confirmed two coronavirus cases in the Azraq camp. They are the first infections to be detected among Syrians living in refugee camps in Jordan, which are home to more than 100,000 Syrians displaced by that country's civil war. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)

UN finds 2 virus cases in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

Sep. 8, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday it has confirmed two coronavirus cases in the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, which is home to more than 40,000 people who have fled their country's civil war. They are the first infections to be detected among Syrians living in refugee...