Syria

Rosamund Pike and Matthew Heineman work on the set of “A Private War,” the story of correspondent Marie Colvin, who died on the job in Syria in 2012. (Courtesy Paul Conroy/Aviron Pictures)

Rosamund Pike brings reporter Marie Colvin to life in ‘A Private War’

In “A Private War,” Rosamund Pike gives a committed, convincing performance as…

 

Nora el Samahy prepares kibbeh, a traditional Syrian meatball dish, in “Oh My Sweet Land.” (Courtesy David Allen Studio)

‘Oh My Sweet Land’ details Syrians’ struggles, with food

“Oh My Sweet Land” is a sensitive, savory one-woman show about the…

 

Angela Merkel (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

Merkel bolstered by refugee decline ahead of election campaign

BERLIN — Germany’s influx of asylum seekers fell by about two thirds…

 

French riot police guards the street to access the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this…

French riot police guards the street to access the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
This is an undated image of French Priest Jacques Hamel made available by the Catholic Diocese if Rouen in France on Tuesday. Priest Jacques Hamel was killed on Tuesday when two attackers slit the throat of the 85-year-old  priest who was celebrating Mass Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in France, killing him and gravely injured another of the handful of church-goers present before being shot to death by police. (Doicese of Rouen via AP)

IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday…

This is an undated image of French Priest Jacques Hamel made available by the Catholic Diocese if Rouen in France on Tuesday. Priest Jacques Hamel was killed on Tuesday when two attackers slit the throat of the 85-year-old  priest who was celebrating Mass Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in France, killing him and gravely injured another of the handful of church-goers present before being shot to death by police. (Doicese of Rouen via AP)
A man prays next to flowers and candles that have been placed in front of the main entrance of the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum in Munich, Germany, on Monday. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

IS attacker: Germans ‘won’t be able to sleep peacefully’

ANSBACH, Germany — A Syrian man who tried unsuccessfully to claim asylum…

A man prays next to flowers and candles that have been placed in front of the main entrance of the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum in Munich, Germany, on Monday. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)
This file photo released Tuesday June 28, 2016 by the New Syrian Army, an anti-government rebel group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of the New Syrian Army running in an unknown place in Syria. (The New Syrian Army via AP, File)

Syria’s new US-backed force stumbles in first test

BEIRUT — The call came around noon, about four hours after U.S.-backed…

This file photo released Tuesday June 28, 2016 by the New Syrian Army, an anti-government rebel group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of the New Syrian Army running in an unknown place in Syria. (The New Syrian Army via AP, File)
Labour lawmaker Jo Cox was killed in a shooting near Leeds, England, on Thursday. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File)

Jo Cox remembered as tireless campaigner and aid worker

Jo Cox fought against poverty and discrimination in developing countries, worked in…

Labour lawmaker Jo Cox was killed in a shooting near Leeds, England, on Thursday. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File)
This file image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Friday, which is consistent with AP reporting, a fighter from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front takes his position as he fights against the Syrian government forces in Idlib province, north Syria. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)

Syria’s cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch

BEIRUT — Al-Qaida's branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including…

This file image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Friday, which is consistent with AP reporting, a fighter from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front takes his position as he fights against the Syrian government forces in Idlib province, north Syria. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)
Syrian citizens and firefighters gather at the scene where one of rockets hit the Dubeet hospital in the central neighborhood of Muhafaza in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesdayl. (SANA via AP)

Northern Syrian city of Aleppo dragged deeper into violence

BEIRUT — A maternity hospital in a government-held section of Aleppo was…

Syrian citizens and firefighters gather at the scene where one of rockets hit the Dubeet hospital in the central neighborhood of Muhafaza in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesdayl. (SANA via AP)
A Civil Defense worker carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday. (Validated UGC via AP video)

Casualties mount from bombardment in Syria’s largest city

BEIRUT — Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the…

A Civil Defense worker carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday. (Validated UGC via AP video)
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…

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)
In this photo taken Friday, April 8, 2016 and  provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, a Russian serviceman checks for mines in Palmyra, Syria.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)

With UN envoy in Damascus, IS takes Syrian town from rebels

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State militants recaptured a vital border crossing in…

In this photo taken Friday, April 8, 2016 and  provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, a Russian serviceman checks for mines in Palmyra, Syria.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)
Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday.  (AP Photo)

Syrian cease-fire strained by new clashes ahead of talks

BEIRUT — Government forces and rebels clashed Sunday across northern and western…

Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday.  (AP Photo)
This photo released Sunday shows destroyed statues at the damaged Palmyra Museum, in Palmyra city, central Syria.  (SANA via AP)

Retaking Syria’s Palmyra reveals more shattered antiquities

DAMASCUS, Syria — The recapture of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra from…

This photo released Sunday shows destroyed statues at the damaged Palmyra Museum, in Palmyra city, central Syria.  (SANA via AP)
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kerry determines IS group committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday formally concluded the Islamic State…

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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 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)
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 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)
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 refugee stands near his tent in a camp where thousands of refugees are waiting to be allowed to cross the border into Macedonia in the northern Greek border station of Idomeni on Sunday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

EU looks to refugee-laden Turkey to ease its migrant burden

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders will be looking to boost aid to…

A refugee stands near his tent in a camp where thousands of refugees are waiting to be allowed to cross the border into Macedonia in the northern Greek border station of Idomeni on Sunday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)