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  • Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis thanked Jordan on Saturday for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, calling for an “urgent,” peaceful solution to …


  • Activists: Syrian airstrike kills 20 in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 20 people, activists …


  • Syrian rebels seize strategic hospital in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have gained control of a strategic hospital in the city of Aleppo despite days of relentless barrel bombings of opposition-held areas in the northern city, …


  • Activists: Government airstrikes kill 29 in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the north killed at least 29 people Saturday, activists said, as al-Qaida-linked rebels captured one of the country’s oil field …


  • Syria’s civil war plays out on social media

    BEIRUT (AP) — Amid all the bloodshed, confusion and deadlock of Syria’s civil war, one fact is emerging after 2½ years — no conflict ever has been covered this way. …


  • Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two mortar shells hit Syria’s capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said. …


  • Syria weapons deal averts U.S. military move for now

    GENEVA (AP) — A diplomatic breakthrough Saturday on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile averted the threat of U.S. military action for the moment and could swing momentum toward …


  • Syrians bracing for possible US strike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Edging toward a punitive strike against Syria, President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing “limited and narrow” action as the administration bluntly accused Bashar Assad’s government …


  • Iraq sees highest monthly death toll in 5 years

    BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, the U.N. said Thursday, a grim figure that shows …


  • Activists say Syrian airstrike kills 12 civilians

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say a Syrian government airstrike on a town in the country’s northwest has killed at least 12 civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist …


  • Obama in Israel for first trip as president

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Barack Obama plunged into the turbulent Middle East Wednesday, assuring Israel of the U.S. commitment to its security while cautioning that the region’s “winds …


  • US hesitant in condemning North Korean launch

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is drawing no “red line” for North Korea after a successful long-range rocket test, tempering the public condemnation to avoid raising tensions or possibly …


  • US set to boost ties with Syrian opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is getting ready to tighten its ties to Syria’s main opposition group, a step in the intensifying diplomacy that officials hope will craft an …


  • US works with Russia on Syria, but wants Assad out

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the United States and Russia are committed to trying again to get President Bashar Assad’s regime …


  • US weighing military options if Syria uses WMD

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria’s chemical and biological weapons, after U.S. intelligence reports show the Syrian regime may be …


  • AP sources: US close to shift on Syrian opposition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to recognize Syria’s new opposition council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in the coming weeks, paving the way for …


  • US wants Syrian opposition shakeup to defeat Assad

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it would push for a major shakeup in Syria’s opposition leadership so that it better represents those dying on the front …


  • US sends forces to Jordan as check on Syria

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent troops to Jordan to bolster its military capabilities in the event Syria’s civil war escalates, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, …


  • Panetta: US sends forces to Jordan

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with …


  • Romney: US should be more assertive on world stage

    LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney said Monday the risk of conflict in the Middle East “is higher now” than it was when President Barack Obama took office. He …


  • Romney: US should be more assertive on world stage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is proposing the U.S. take a more assertive role in Syria, put conditions on aid to Egypt and tighten sanctions on Iran …


  • Egypt’s Morsi assumes major role in Mideast

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi assigned himself the heavyweight’s role in the Middle East on Wednesday, declaring in his first speech to the United Nations that …


  • Military-style tactics seen in US Consulate siege

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The heavily armed extremists who laid siege to the U.S. Consulate in Libya used military-style tactics that may have steered Americans toward a waiting ambush, U.S. officials …


  • Military-style tactics seen in US Consulate siege

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The heavily armed extremists who laid siege to the U.S. Consulate in Libya used military-style tactics that may have steered Americans toward a waiting ambush, U.S. officials …

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