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UNICEF: More than 80 percent of Syria children harmed by war

More than 80 percent of Syria’s children have been harmed by the country’s conflict, including growing numbers of those who were forced to work, join armed groups or marry young …


Syria war at critical juncture five years after the spark

After five years of bloodshed – after a quarter of a million deaths, and the flight of millions of refugees – Syria has arrived at a critical juncture: A diplomatic …


Investigators scour Islamic State group documents

Counterterrorism investigators say they are beginning to pore through a cache of documents detailing what could be the most comprehensive look into the recruiting networks luring fighters into the Islamic …


Islamic State detainee tells U.S. about chemical weapons plans

The U.S. military is questioning an Islamic State militant who allegedly has helped lead the extremist group’s nascent effort to acquire and use illicit chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, …


U.S. commander in Africa says Libya is a failed state

The top American general in Africa says Libya is a failed state.


Gunmen kill 16 people in attack on nursing home in Yemen

At least 16 people were killed Friday in an attack by suspected al-Qaida insurgents on a nursing home in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, a security official said.


Syria cease-fire holding despite some fighting, U.N. envoy says

A U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire in Syria, now in its sixth day, is largely holding despite sporadic clashes in some areas, a U.N. envoy said Thursday, raising expectations ahead of next week’s …


VP Biden to meet next week with leaders in Middle East

Vice President Joe Biden plans meetings with key leaders in the Middle East when he visits the region next week.


Iraq signs deal to repair, maintain Mosul dam

Iraq has signed a deal with an Italian company to repair and maintain the country’s largest dam near the northern, Islamic State-held city of Mosul. The Mosul dam is in …


FBI, Apple clash before Congress as encryption fight simmers

The U.S. government calls it a “vicious guard dog” that hurts national security. Apple says it’s critical to protecting consumer privacy against increasingly sophisticated hackers.


Osama bin Laden worried wife had tracking device in filling

In his handwritten will, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden claimed he had about $29 million in personal wealth – the bulk of which he wanted to be used “on jihad, …


Idaho Air Guard prepares for deployment to Middle East

Members of the Idaho Air National Guard are preparing to deploy to the Middle East this summer.


Pentagon wages cyberwar against Islamic State

U.S. commanders mounted a cyberoffensive against Islamic State in Syria for the first time in recent weeks by deploying military hackers against the extremist group’s computer and cellphone networks, according …


Syria truce holding despite growing breaches, U.N. chief says

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that a shaky cease-fire in Syria is holding “by and large” despite sporadic fighting that continued across Syria and growing accusations of violations that …


Iraq and U.S. warn of possible Mosul Dam collapse

The Iraqi government and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad are warning residents along the Tigris river of a possible collapse of the Mosul Dam. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked …


Suicide bombing at Iraqi funeral kills at least 14

Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing at a funeral north of Baghdad has killed at least 14 people and wounded 45.


Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen kill over 30, mostly civilians

Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels killed at least 30 people, mostly civilians, when they hit a market area outside the capital on Saturday, Yemeni security officials said.


Russia grounds its warplanes in Syria

Russia has grounded its warplanes in Syria to help secure a cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington that entered into force Saturday, a top military official said.


US, Russia-brokered cease-fire goes into effect across Syria

A cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia came into effect across Syria on Saturday, marking the biggest international push to reduce violence in the country’s devastating conflict, but …


Nusra Front leader rejects Syria truce

The leader of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has rejected a U.S.-Russian sponsored truce, saying the real negotiations are on the battle field.


Analysis: Putin can cash in on Syria gains with cease-fire

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a chance to cash in on his gains in Syria by scaling down his bombing blitz when a cease-fire takes effect Friday night so he …


Islamic State video targets Facebook, Twitter CEOs

Islamic State has released a new video that targets the chief executive officers of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.


FBI searches home of San Bernardino shooter’s brother

FBI agents on Thursday searched the California home belonging to a family member of the husband-and-wife killers who massacred 14 people in the San Bernardino terror attack, but the relative …


Fight over San Bernardino gunman’s locked iPhone could have big impact

An extraordinary legal fight is brewing with major privacy implications for millions of cellphone users after a federal magistrate ordered Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone …


Germany revives calls for no-fly zone in northern Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday renewed her proposal for a no-fly zone in Syria where civilians would be protected, a suggestion that was promptly rebuffed by Moscow that said …


Airstrikes hit “hundreds of millions” in ISIS cash, U.S. says

A series of U.S. airstrikes in recent months have destroyed “hundreds of millions” of dollars in Islamic State cash as part of a broader campaign aimed at squeezing the extremist …


Iraqi officials: IS downs military helicopter, 2 killed

Iraqi officials say Islamic State militants shot down a military helicopter west of Baghdad, killing both crew members.


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Explosion in Ankara kills at least 28, wounds 61 others

At least five people died and 10 others were injured in a large explosion in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, believed to have been caused by a car bomb, Ankara’s …


Islamic State, facing a budget crunch, kills perks and slashes salaries

Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American …


Cease-fire in Syria announced by world powers

The United States, Russia and other world powers agreed to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war to start in one week in an effort to stop …