Syria

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Carney answered questions including ones on Syria and North Korea. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama struggling to find winning formula in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — With peace talks failing, Syria’s government on the offensive and moderate rebels pushed aside by al-Qaida-linked militants, the Obama administration is struggling for new ideas to halt a savage civil war. Extending […]

02/18/2014

Jan. 19, 2014, file photo provided by Aleppo Media Center (AMC), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian citizens inspect an unexploded barrel of explosives which was dropped from a Syrian forces helicopter, on a street in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File)

Syria puts a crude weapon to deadly use

BEIRUT (AP) — They are known as barrel bombs — makeshift, shrapnel-packed explosive devices that Syrian forces have been dropping on rebel-held neighborhoods from helicopters. Residents have another name for them: “barrels of death.” It’s […]

02/06/2014

In this citizen journalism image made from Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 video provided by Nur Media Center, an anti-government activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, men dig 14-month-old Ghina Khalil out of rubble in Aleppo, Syria. The toddler was pulled out after men pulled aside rocks, concrete rubble and dust to free her, caught under a smashed building, bombed by the government forces in the area of Masaraniyeh in Aleppo. (AP Photo/Nur Media Center)

Watch video of dramatic rescue of baby buried in rubble in Syria

Fourteen-month-old Ghina Khalil is recovering with her family in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after being buried in rubble. The stunning rescue, caught on video, corresponds to Associated Press reporting of events. The footage […]

01/30/2014

Report: 70 journalists killed on the job in 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to […]

12/30/2013

Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, are covered in snow in Jerusalem, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Rare storm leaves Jerusalem snowed in

JERUSALEM (AP) — A powerful winter storm left Jerusalem covered in snow on Friday, forcing police to block access to and from the city as a cold snap drove some Israelis to seek to seek […]

12/13/2013

Ahmet Uzumcu, right, Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons holds the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize in City Hall Oslo Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix)

Weapons watchdog receives Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Recalling the “burning, blinding and suffocating” horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday, as prize winners […]

12/10/2013

US President Barack Obama (l) and President of Syria Bashar Assad. (AP Photo)

US offering to destroy Syrian chemicals at sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly 700-foot, U.S. government-owned ship, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The […]

11/27/2013

This May 13, 2013 file photo shows a Mi-17 helicopter, used by the Afghan Air Force sitting on Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall, File)

Pentagon ending buys of Russian-made helicopters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department said Wednesday it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with arms and […]

11/13/2013

This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians search under rubble to rescue people from houses that were destroyed by a Syrian government warplane, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. ( AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

Watchdog: More than 120,000 killed in Syria war

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian activist group says more than 120,000 people have been killed since the start of the country’s civil war nearly three years ago. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which […]

10/31/2013

In this photo released by UNICEF, a health worker administers polio vaccine to a child as part of a UNICEF-supported vaccination campaign at the Abou Dhar Al Ghifari Primary Health Care Center in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/UNICEF, Omar Sanadiki)

UN officials confirm polio outbreak in north Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N. confirmed an outbreak of polio in Syria for the first time in over a decade on Tuesday, warning the disease threatens to spread among an estimated half-million children who […]

10/29/2013

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