Civil wars

November 19, 2017 - 10:27 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Pro-government forces defeated the Islamic State group in its last major stronghold in Syria, state media and a monitoring group reported on Sunday, leaving the militants to defend just strips of desert territory in the country and a besieged pocket outside the capital, Damascus. The...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2017, file photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He is one of more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe, after they were, they said, abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka's current regime. Sri Lanka's defense minister denied Tuesday, Nov. 14, that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 Tamil ethnic minority men. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
November 14, 2017 - 11:18 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sri Lanka's defense minister denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island's Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum in Europe. Kapila Waidyaratne called the claims of...
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This image released by Thiqa News Agency shows people inspecting damage from airstrikes hit in Atareb town, in the western Aleppo countryside, of Syria, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Syrian activists say at least 16 people have been killed in the airstrike on the market town in the north of the country. (Thiqa News via AP)
November 14, 2017 - 10:24 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescue workers on Tuesday continued their search for victims still under the rubble a day after airstrikes hit a busy market in a rebel-held town in the country's north, killing at least 61 people, according to a monitoring group and rescuers. According to the Britain-based...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 10, 2017 - 11:16 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Sri Lanka's government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. The men's anguished descriptions of...
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November 10, 2017 - 4:40 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's army is steadily capturing more rebel-held territory, even as peace talks try to find a resolution to the nearly four-year-old civil war. The Associated Press recently spoke with several rebel soldiers who had been on the front lines and all recounted similar...
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This frame grab from video provided Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows a tank firing on militants' positions on the Iraq-Syria border. The United States and Russia are nearing an agreement on Syria for how they hope to resolve the Arab country’s civil war once the Islamic State group is defeated, officials said Nov. 9. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)
November 10, 2017 - 4:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say an agreement is near between the U.S. and Russia on how to resolve Syria's civil war once the Islamic State group is defeated. The potential understanding for what happens next for Syria comes as an array of forces close in on the extremist group that once...
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President Donald Trump arrives at Danang International Airport, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Danang, Vietnam. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 10, 2017 - 1:37 am
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump will not have a formal sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin while the two attend a summit, the White House said Friday shortly before Trump landed in Vietnam, the fourth stop on his first official visit to Asia. Speaking to reporters aboard...
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This frame grab from video provided Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Syrian pro-government troops taking up positions and firing on militants' positions on the Iraq-Syria border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that Islamic State militants have withdrawn from their last stronghold following a government offensive and that government forces and allied troops, including Iraqi fighters are combing Boukamal, a strategic town on the border with Iraq, Thursday. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)
November 09, 2017 - 11:55 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants withdrew Thursday from their last stronghold in Syria, a strategic town near the border with Iraq, following a government offensive that has effectively left the extremist group's fighters dispersed in villages and small towns in the desert.0020 The Syrian...
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In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit suicide multiple times because of the traumatic memories of his rape and torture. Raped, branded and beaten repeatedly, more than 50 ethnic Tamil men seeking political asylum in Europe have come forward to say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current regime. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 09, 2017 - 6:28 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's civil war. An Associated Press investigation published Wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20...
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In this photo released on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, showing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Hariri resigned from his post Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions. (Dalati Nohra via AP)
November 04, 2017 - 1:28 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's bombshell resignation in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia took the nation by surprise Saturday. In his announcement, Hariri accused Iran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, of holding Lebanon hostage and destabilizing the Arab region. But what...
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