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The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster as tens of thousands of people flee. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)

Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces on Saturday captured another village near Aleppo,…

The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster as tens of thousands of people flee. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)
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)
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
A police officer opens the way to the funeral van carrying the dead body of the attacker after officers shot and killed a man in Paris, Thursday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Paris attackers committed atrocities before Nov. 13 attack

PARIS — New video released by the Islamic State group shows the…

A police officer opens the way to the funeral van carrying the dead body of the attacker after officers shot and killed a man in Paris, Thursday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere left, listens to his Turkish counterpart Efkan Ala, right, during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Istanbul suicide bomber registered as refugee before attack

ISTANBUL — The suicide attacker who detonated a bomb that killed 10…

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere left, listens to his Turkish counterpart Efkan Ala, right, during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
People believed to be German tourists that were targeted at an explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district are escorted back to their hotel in Istanbul, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

Suicide bomber kills 10, wounds 15 in Istanbul tourist area

ISTANBUL — A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the heart of…

People believed to be German tourists that were targeted at an explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district are escorted back to their hotel in Istanbul, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)
This image posted online Sunday by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, shows smoke rising in the aftermath of an airstrike that targeted areas in Raqqa, Syria. (militant photo via AP)

Syria: 3 troops killed by US-led strikes; US blames Russia

BEIRUT — Syria on Monday accused the U.S.-led coalition of bombing an…

This image posted online Sunday by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, shows smoke rising in the aftermath of an airstrike that targeted areas in Raqqa, Syria. (militant photo via AP)
The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)

IS bomb on Russia plane would herald new phase in conflict

BEIRUT — At this stage, there is no hard evidence. But reports…

The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP, File)
Local people come to pay their last respect to young family of Alexei Gromov, 27, his wife Tatyana, 26, and their ten-month-old daughter Darina, who was the youngest passenger in Russia's deadliest plane crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Elena Ignatyeva)

Bomb may have downed Russian jet, US, UK officials say

LONDON — British and U.S. officials said Wednesday they have information suggesting…

Local people come to pay their last respect to young family of Alexei Gromov, 27, his wife Tatyana, 26, and their ten-month-old daughter Darina, who was the youngest passenger in Russia's deadliest plane crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Elena Ignatyeva)
This undated photo released Aug. 25 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. (Islamic State social media account via AP)

Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple,…

This undated photo released Aug. 25 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. (Islamic State social media account via AP)
In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of new training camps that likely would require a bigger U.S. troop presence, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Dempsey said he has recommended changes to President Barack Obama but he offered no assessment of when decisions would be made. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training

The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and…

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of new training camps that likely would require a bigger U.S. troop presence, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Dempsey said he has recommended changes to President Barack Obama but he offered no assessment of when decisions would be made. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaIn this photo taken May 6

Administration nearing decision on improving Iraqi training

The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and…

AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaIn this photo taken May 6