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This photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections, as his wife Asma, left, stands next to him, in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday. (Syrian Presidency via AP)

Syrian official rules out Assad departure ahead of talks

DAMASCUS, Syria — A top Syrian official urged the opposition to let…

 

In this file photo, Kurdish female fighters of the YPG, carry their weapons as they walk in the frontline of Kery Sabee village, northeast Syria. (The Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units via AP, File)

Kurds plan to declare a federal region in northern Syria

BEIRUT — Syrian Kurds are preparing a plan to declare a federal…

 

In this photo provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a Russian pilot prepares for take off at Hemeimeem air base in Syria on Tuesday. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Moscow’s drawdown in Syria sends a strong message to Assad

BEIRUT — Russia's plan to withdraw forces from Syria is sending a…

 

In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin orders start of Russian military pullout from Syria

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to withdraw most…

In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad, and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, at the popular Souk Tawil old market in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Russian leader pushes Syria truce deal amid skepticism

BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in…

A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad, and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, at the popular Souk Tawil old market in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, gestures while being interviewed in Damascus, Syria, by a journalist with Spanish El Pais newspaper published Sunday.  (Syrian Presidency/El Pais video via AP)

US, Russia agree on Syria cease-fire plan; questions remain

DAMASCUS, Syria — The United States and Russia have agreed on a…

Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, gestures while being interviewed in Damascus, Syria, by a journalist with Spanish El Pais newspaper published Sunday.  (Syrian Presidency/El Pais video via AP)
Family members attend funeral prayers for Turkish army officer Seckin Cil, who was killed in Sur, Diyarbakir Wednesday, in Ankara, Turkey. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey blames Kurdish militants for Ankara car bombing

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Thursday blamed Kurdish militants at home and…

Family members attend funeral prayers for Turkish army officer Seckin Cil, who was killed in Sur, Diyarbakir Wednesday, in Ankara, Turkey. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
A convoy of humanitarian aid waits in front of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency offices before making their way into the government besieged rebel-held towns of Madaya, al-Zabadani and al-Moadhamiya in the Damascus countryside, as part of a U.N.-sponsored aid operation, in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday. (AP PHOTO)

German leader renews call for Syria no-fly zone

DAMASCUS, Syria — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday renewed her proposal…

A convoy of humanitarian aid waits in front of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency offices before making their way into the government besieged rebel-held towns of Madaya, al-Zabadani and al-Moadhamiya in the Damascus countryside, as part of a U.N.-sponsored aid operation, in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday. (AP PHOTO)
This image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Maara Media Center, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Syrian Civil Defense rescuers running from the site of a second explosion near a hospital run by an international medical charity, also known by its French acronym MSF in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib, Syria, on Monday. (Maara Media Center,via AP Video)

Russia presses air blitz in Syria to dictate peace terms

MOSCOW — Moscow joined the fight in Syria to return to relevance…

This image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Maara Media Center, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Syrian Civil Defense rescuers running from the site of a second explosion near a hospital run by an international medical charity, also known by its French acronym MSF in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib, Syria, on Monday. (Maara Media Center,via AP Video)
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in a street that was hit by shelling, in the predominantly Christian and Armenian neighborhood of Suleimaniyeh, Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA)

Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

MUNICH — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S.…

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in a street that was hit by shelling, in the predominantly Christian and Armenian neighborhood of Suleimaniyeh, Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA)
Militants stage a demonstration outside the Russian embassy in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 to protest the Aleppo bombings and asking for an alternative peace plan to end the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in…

Militants stage a demonstration outside the Russian embassy in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 to protest the Aleppo bombings and asking for an alternative peace plan to end the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Syrians walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria. As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee while others hoard food, with some even hanging bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage as the U.N. warns that hundreds of thousands of people in Syria's largest city could be soon cut off from humanitarian aid. (Depo Photos via AP, File) TURKEY OUT

Hoarding in Syria’s largest city as government advances

BEIRUT — As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are…

Syrians walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria. As government troops close in on Aleppo, some residents are preparing to flee while others hoard food, with some even hanging bread on rooftops to dry it out for storage as the U.N. warns that hundreds of thousands of people in Syria's largest city could be soon cut off from humanitarian aid. (Depo Photos via AP, File) TURKEY OUT
Syria's High Negotiations Committee, HNC, spokesman Salem al-Mislet kisses pictures of the Syrian victims of the war displayed in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, where Syria peace talks continue. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

After two days, Syrian peace talks to take a ‘temporary pause’

GENEVA — The peace talks in the Syrian civil war are taking…

Syria's High Negotiations Committee, HNC, spokesman Salem al-Mislet kisses pictures of the Syrian victims of the war displayed in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, where Syria peace talks continue. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
President Barack Obama meets with President Francois Hollande of France in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama and Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State

WASHINGTON — In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and…

President Barack Obama meets with President Francois Hollande of France in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Secretary of State John Kerry walks to the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday for a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)

At heart of Syria talks, what to do about Assad

VIENNA — The success or failure of the Syrian peace talks this…

Secretary of State John Kerry walks to the Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday for a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Iran to take a seat among world powers for Syria talks

BEIRUT — Iran will take part in international talks on Syria for…

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters look at a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria.  (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Russia pounds Syrian rebels, then reaches out to opposition

BEIRUT — When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country was…

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters look at a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria.  (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)
This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Syria’s Assad said to favor vote, but only after victory

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar Assad is willing to run in an…

This handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Su-24 bomber taking off on a night combat mission from Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Assad-Putin meeting signals push to end Syria crisis

MOSCOW — Bashar Assad's surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin could signal that…

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday.   (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia defends its military action in Syria

MOSCOW — As Russian warplanes carried out a second wave of airstrikes…

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday.   (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)