Syria

Tents of refugees and migrants stand next to a refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni on Monday. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

Turkey demands more money to help EU tackle migrant crisis

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders tussled with Turkey over how to control…

Tents of refugees and migrants stand next to a refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni on Monday. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)
A boy of a migrant family sleeps on the pavement, in Athens on Monday at the Victoria Square, where most newly-landed migrants head after reaching the Greek capital from the Aegean Sea islands. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Europe’s crisis worsens: Migrants face razor wire, tear gas

IDOMENI, Greece — Pressed against coils of razor wire and shouting "Help…

A boy of a migrant family sleeps on the pavement, in Athens on Monday at the Victoria Square, where most newly-landed migrants head after reaching the Greek capital from the Aegean Sea islands. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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)
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)
Militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria. (Militant photo via AP, File)

IS faces budget crunch, killing perks and slashing salaries

BEIRUT — Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the…

Militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria. (Militant photo via AP, File)
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)
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)
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
This picture provided by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the United Nations (UN), shows a convoy containing food, medical items, blankets and other materials on its way to the towns of Foua and Kfarya in northern Syria, Monday.  (ICRC via AP)

Aid convoys reach 3 Syria communities besieged for months

DAMASCUS, Syria — Aid convoys delivered long-awaited food, medicine and other supplies…

This picture provided by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the United Nations (UN), shows a convoy containing food, medical items, blankets and other materials on its way to the towns of Foua and Kfarya in northern Syria, Monday.  (ICRC via AP)
Swedish police officers perform identity control checks among the passengers aboard the train from Copenhagen at the Swedish end of the bridge between Sweden and Denmark in Malmo, Sweden.  (Stig Ake Jonsson/TT via AP, File)

After 1 million migrants, Europe’s borders are back

STOCKHOLM — Since it opened in 2000, the Oresund bridge between Sweden…

Swedish police officers perform identity control checks among the passengers aboard the train from Copenhagen at the Swedish end of the bridge between Sweden and Denmark in Malmo, Sweden.  (Stig Ake Jonsson/TT via AP, File)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin, speaks at the Pentagon on Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama vows to hit IS harder, says commandos now in Syria

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday vowed to accelerate the U.S.-led…

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin, speaks at the Pentagon on Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, speak about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., during their joint news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Syrian refugees resettled in resistant Texas, Indiana

DALLAS — Syrian families have been settled in Texas and in Indiana,…

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, speak about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., during their joint news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In this picture posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on June 14, 2015, IS militants stone a man accused of violating the extremists' ban on homosexuality after they threw him from a roof in the city of Homs, Syria.  (militant photo via AP)

For gays under IS rule, isolation and fear of a cruel death

REYHANLI, Turkey — Before a crowd of men on a street in…

In this picture posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on June 14, 2015, IS militants stone a man accused of violating the extremists' ban on homosexuality after they threw him from a roof in the city of Homs, Syria.  (militant photo via AP)
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force…

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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)
This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, that crashed in Hassana, north Sinai, Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. (Militant photo via AP)

IS releases photo of bomb it says downed Russian jetliner

CAIRO — The Islamic State group on Wednesday released a photo of…

This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, that crashed in Hassana, north Sinai, Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. (Militant photo via AP)