Syria

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)
A woman reacts after her arrival in bad weather from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos on a dinghy on  Wednesday. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Migrant tragedy in Greek seas shows dangers as winter nears

LESBOS, Greece — Dead migrants float belly-up, stripped of their clothing by…

A woman reacts after her arrival in bad weather from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos on a dinghy on  Wednesday. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
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)
Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Defense secretary says US is retooling fight against IS

WASHINGTON — Signaling a possible escalation of U.S. military action in the…

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
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)
A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

Russia, US sign deal to minimize risks in Syrian skies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Russia put into practice on Tuesday new…

A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)
A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria.  (AP Photo/Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace

ANKARA, Turkey — In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow's…

A Russian  SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria.  (AP Photo/Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 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)
United States Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with United States Ambassador Samantha Power during the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (Kevin Hagen/AP)

Russia urges coordinated terrorism fight as airstrikes begin

UNITED NATIONS — Russia followed its launch of airstrikes in Syria with…

United States Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with United States Ambassador Samantha Power during the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (Kevin Hagen/AP)
Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling to find housing for tens of thousands of people each month, many new arrivals will find their lodgings a squeeze. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

German states lower housing standards amid migrant influx

BERLIN — Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their…

Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling to find housing for tens of thousands of people each month, many new arrivals will find their lodgings a squeeze. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
President Barack Obama and Russian President President Vladimir Putin, bottom right, attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Obama, Putin spar over Assad’s role in Syria’s future

UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin…

President Barack Obama and Russian President President Vladimir Putin, bottom right, attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
European Council President Donald Tusk addresses the media as he arrives for an emergency EU heads of state summit on migration at the EU Council building in Brussels, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Deeply-divided EU holds emergency summit on migrant crisis

BRUSSELS — The migrant crisis overwhelming the European Union tugged at the…

European Council President Donald Tusk addresses the media as he arrives for an emergency EU heads of state summit on migration at the EU Council building in Brussels, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)

Analysis: Russia gambles in Syria, ramping up involvement

BEIRUT — In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war,…

In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File)
Hungarian police officers guard the area as a rail wagon prepared with barbwire arrives to seal the border fence between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary on Monday. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Razor-lined boxcar marks Hungary’s new border for migrants

ROSZKE, Hungary — Hungary deployed a boxcar bristling with razor wire to…

Hungarian police officers guard the area as a rail wagon prepared with barbwire arrives to seal the border fence between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary on Monday. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Migrants arrive from Munich at Schoenefeld train station near Berlin on Sunday. ( Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germany implements temporary border checks to limit migrants

BERLIN — Germany introduced temporary border controls Sunday to stem the tide…

Migrants arrive from Munich at Schoenefeld train station near Berlin on Sunday. ( Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
Macedonian border police helps refugees and migrants to pass in  heavy rainfall from the northern Greek village of Idomeni to southern Macedonia. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Migrants’ long and winding road to Europe turns cold, muddy

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Soaked to the bone and ankle deep in mud,…

Macedonian border police helps refugees and migrants to pass in  heavy rainfall from the northern Greek village of Idomeni to southern Macedonia. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Brazilian newspaper covers show the photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach, at a news stand in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world

The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach…

Brazilian newspaper covers show the photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach, at a news stand in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)