War and unrest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he addresses the members of his ruling party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Erdogan has called on the United States to "show respect" and "walk with" its NATO ally, in new criticism of Washington over its engagement with Syrian Kurdish militia. Erdogan's comments on Tuesday were in reply to statements from the U.S. State Departments voicing concern over Turkey's cross border offensive in northwestern Syrian enclave of Afrin, which Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces captured from the Syrian militia on Sunday.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
March 20, 2018 - 11:41 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Syrian rescue workers say at least nine people have been killed in airstrikes targeting a camp for displaced people in north Syria. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, says a camp outside the town...
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Relatives mourn holding a portrait of Gurcharan Singh, one of the 38 Indian workers whose bodies were found buried northwest of Mosul, in Jalal Usma village in the northern Indian state of Punjab, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Iraqi authorities have found the bodies of 38 Indian workers abducted when Islamic State militants overran the northern city of Mosul more than three years ago, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)
March 20, 2018 - 11:40 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — The dirt mound in the dry hills outside the village of Badush was known as a place where Islamic State fighters had buried some of their enemies after they overran much of northern Iraq nearly four years ago. But it was only when Iraqi authorities began digging last summer that the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince is opening a marathon tour of the United States with a first stop in Washington, where he plans to meet March 20 with President Donald Trump. The visit comes as the United States and much of the West are still trying to figure out Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose sweeping program of social changes at home and increased Saudi assertiveness abroad has upended decades of traditional rule in Saudi Arabia.(Saudi Press Agency via AP, File)
March 20, 2018 - 9:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia's young crown prince has an ambitious list of to-dos: modernize his conservative kingdom, weaken Iran's hand across the Mideast and, this week, rehabilitate his country's image in the eyes of Americans. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of King Salman and heir to...
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This photo released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Civil Defense workers putting out a fire following airstrikes and shelling in Douma, in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, March. 20, 2018. The U.N. refugee agency says 45,000 Syrians have left their homes in the besieged region of eastern Ghouta in recent days, amid a Syrian government-led offensive against the rebel-held area. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
March 20, 2018 - 8:24 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government sent reinforcements to a southern neighborhood in Damascus on Tuesday after losing it to Islamic State militants after days of fighting that killed dozens of soldiers and pro-government militiamen, a monitoring group said. IS militants late on Monday captured...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a ceremony for judicial appointments in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, March 19, 2018. Erdogan says following victory in Syria's Afrin region, his country will expand its military operations into other Kurdish-held areas in Syria as well as in Iraq's Sinjar region.(Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Pool Photo via AP)
March 20, 2018 - 8:20 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey accused a senior U.N. official of lacking impartiality and collaborating with terrorists over a new report released earlier Tuesday that called on the country to end a state of emergency imposed after a 2016 failed coup attempt. The U.N. report says that the state of...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1995, file photo, cult leader Shoko Asahara, center, sits in a police van following an interrogation in Tokyo. Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes. Or they might not. Such is the secrecy that surrounds Japan’s death penalty system. Tuesday, March 20, 2018, marks 23 years since members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult punctured plastic bags to release sarin nerve gas inside subway cars, sickening thousands and killing 13. Cult leader Shoko Asahara and a dozen followers have been sentenced to death for that and other crimes that killed 27 in all. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
March 20, 2018 - 7:16 am
TOKYO (AP) — Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes. But when is uncertain. Such is the secrecy that surrounds Japan's death penalty system. Tuesday marked 23 years since members of the Aum...
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March 20, 2018 - 4:17 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for a bombing outside a sports stadium in eastern Nangarhar province that killed three people and wounded 10. In a statement posted late on Monday on an IS-linked website, the militant group said the...
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FILE - This Aug. 14, 2017 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Charles Manson. Manson's cremated remains have been scattered nearly four months after the cult leader died in prison. A funeral was held Saturday, March 17, 2018, following a court battle for the 83-year-old's remains. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)
March 19, 2018 - 8:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson was cremated and his ashes scattered following a brief, private funeral four months after the death of the man who gained worldwide infamy for the 1969 Los Angeles killings of actress Sharon Tate and others that he hoped would spark a race war. The memorial...
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March 19, 2018 - 8:03 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief told an informal meeting of the Security Council Monday that the Syrian government's five-year siege of the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta has involved "pervasive war crimes," use of chemical weapons and starvation as a weapon of war. High...
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This frame grab from video released Sunday, March, 18, 2018 by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad driving himself to the newly captured areas of eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus, Syria. Assad's trip, captured in a remarkable set of videos filmed inside the car and published by his office on Sunday, show the president calm and assured as his forces appear close to clinching one of their most significant victories in the country's seven-year long civil war. (Syrian Presidency Facebook Page via AP)
March 19, 2018 - 7:34 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 1 a.m. Eight Security Council nations say it's "imperative" that the U.N. body "immediately pursue decisive action" to achieve a cease-fire in Syria if U.N. member states, especially Russia and its ally Syria, don't implement a...
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