Saturday, February 25, 2017

Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, poses with Filippo Grandi, the head of U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, for a photo during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow is open for dialogue with the United States on safety zones in Syria, noting that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the Syrian government. Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday he had ...
In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Russian soldiers stand on a road as smoke rises from a controlled land mine detonation by Russian experts inside the ancient town of Palmyra, Syria in the central Homs province. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

BY NATALIYA VASILYEVA and BASSEM MROUE MOSCOW (AP) — Russia released drone footage Monday showing new destruction in Syria’s historic town of Palmyra, which was recently recaptured by the Islamic State group, and warned that the militants could be planning ...
This photo released online on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, by the website of the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham, an anti-government militant group, shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, attacking the government's Tayr checkpoint in the Homs province, Syria. (Fatah al-Sham via AP)

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s fronts are on fire despite a cease-fire reached in December between the rebels and the government. Though the two sides sat face-to-face in the Kazakh capital of Astana a month later, the government ...
Lynn Maalouf, deputy director of research at Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people — possibly more — since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as ...
In this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 photo, mounds of rubble remain from what used to be high rise apartment buildings in the once rebel-held Ansari neighborhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

BY ALBERT AJI DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s military command announced it was expanding military operations against the Islamic State group in the country’s north on Thursday, a move that draws government forces closer to potential conflict with Turkish troops ...
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, right, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, listen to a question during a joint press conference at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

BY ZEINA KARAM BEIRUT (AP) — The Trump administration’s expressed interest in setting up safe zones for civilians in Syria was greeted Thursday with caution by Russia and Turkey, who have taken the lead in the latest peace efforts to ...
From left, Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari pose for a photo after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked militants attacked a prison Wednesday where its fighters are held by other Syrian rebels in escalating violence in northern Syria after Russian-led talks urged mainstream insurgents to break with the extremists. The ...
This file image posted online on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, purports to show a general view of the ancient ruins of the city of Palmyra, in Homs province, Syria, with the Citadel of Palmyra in the background. (Militant video via AP, File)

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants destroyed the landmark ancient Tetrapylon and parts of the 2nd century Roman theater in Syria’s historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. Maamoun Abdulkarim, ...
A general pview shows the Aleppo citadel, background, and the heavily damaged inside the Grand Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

PARIS (AP) — UNESCO says about a third of the ancient city of Aleppo has been destroyed during the war in Syria. The United Nations cultural organization conducted an emergency mission in Aleppo from between Monday and Thursday this week ...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, third left, visits the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Olivier Fitoussi)

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in remarks published Monday that he was prepared “to negotiate everything” at planned talks later this month in Kazakhstan, seeking to cast himself as a peacemaker after his forces’ ...
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