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  • Hague: EU must ready tougher Russia sanctions

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union must have stronger sanctions ready to impose against Russia if they "become necessary," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday, as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Athens. The crisis in Ukraine tops the agenda at the...

  • Diplomats: Syria can meet chemical weapons target

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Syria can still meet the April 27 deadline to remove all chemical agents from the country even though shipments have been halted for two weeks because...

  • Lebanon registers 1 million Syrian refugees

    TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Yahya was trapped in his hometown for two years by Syria's civil war, moving from house to house to avoid shells and bullets. His father was killed by a sniper. His family then fled to another town that came under a fierce government offensive. When the teenager...

  • Syrian media: Mortar fire kills 6 near Damascus

    BEIRUT (AP) — Mortar fire killed at least six people in a suburb of the Syrian capital Thursday, activists and state media said, amid reports that clashes in a coastal province killed a top foreign fighter who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. Syria's state news agency said four mortar...

  • A look at Syrian refugees in neighboring countries

    BEIRUT (AP) — The massive, chaotic influx of Syrians fleeing their country's civil war has stretched the resources of the neighboring countries taking them in and raised fears of violence spreading across the region. The U.N. estimates there are now more than 2.5 million Syrians registered in...

  • Syrian army pounds rebels in Assad's home province

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces backed by militia fighters and warplanes pounded rebel units in Latakia province on Monday in a desperate effort to regain control of towns and villages in President Bashar Assad's ancestral homeland recently lost to an opposition offensive. Activists...

  • Germany arrests 3 over hard-line Syria group ties

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities arrested three people in raids Monday against suspected supporters of a hard-line Islamic group in Syria, a move meant to curb the possible risks posed by extremists returning from Syria's civil war. Federal prosecutors said 10 apartments in Berlin, Frankfurt...

  • 2 Spanish journalists kidnapped in Syria go free

    MADRID (AP) — Two Spanish journalists freed after being held hostage for more than six months in Syria by a rogue al-Qaida group returned home Sunday to an emotional welcome from friends and colleagues. Veteran reporter Javier Espinosa, Middle East bureau chief of El Mundo newspaper, and...

  • Car bomb targets Lebanon army near Syria border

    BEIRUT (AP) — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden car targeted a Lebanese army checkpoint near the Syrian border on Saturday evening, killing three soldiers, the Lebanese military said. The attack near the eastern border town of Arsal came after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar...

  • UN official blasts lack of progress on Syria aid

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s humanitarian chief sharply criticized the Syrian government's lack of progress in allowing desperately needed aid to people in Syria, telling the Security Council on Friday that the regime's delays in withholding cross-border aid deliveries are "arbitrary and...

  • Syrian-Armenian town's fate murky after rebel grab

    BADROUSIEH, Syria (AP) — When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it bore historic weight: it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt compelled to run for their lives. They left once at the hands of vengeful...

  • Obama meets with Saudi king, weighs new Syria aid

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The United States is considering allowing shipments of portable air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said Friday, as President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia's king that the U.S. is not taking too soft a stance in Syria and other...

  • Obama tries to mend rift with Saudis

    President Obama met with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh Friday, the last stop on his weeklong foreign trip as he tried to cool tensions with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. "The United States and Saudi Arabia are working together to address a number of critical bilateral and regional...

  • Activists: Syrian warplanes bomb rebels in Latakia

    MISHERFEH, Syria (AP) — Syrian forces on Thursday bombarded rebel positions with artillery and warplanes in the Mediterranean coastal province of Latakia, trying to push back opposition fighters who over the past week made rare territorial gains in President Bashar Assad's ancestral heartland....

  • Watchdog: 49 percent of Syrian chemicals removed

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's chemical weapons watchdog says more than 49 percent of the raw materials for Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program scheduled for destruction have been shipped overseas, with the rest expected to leave by the end of April. The Organization for the...



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