War and unrest

Filippo Grandi UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Listens to a journalist question during a press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Grandi says a potential military offensive in the last rebel stronghold in Syria threatens to cause fresh displacement as well as discouraging refugees against returning home. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
August 31, 2018 - 7:36 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges Friday and dug trenches around their bases to impede an anticipated ground offensive on their last major stronghold in the country. They also called on residents to take up arms and support front-line fighters. The looming battle for Idlib in...
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Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega speaks to supporters in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. A United Nations report released Wednesday calls on Ortega's government to immediately halt the persecution of protesters and disarm the masked civilians who have been responsible for much of the killings and arbitrary detentions. Ortega's government dismissed the report as baseless. It denied accusations of excessive use of force against protesters. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
August 31, 2018 - 2:28 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is expelling a United Nations human rights team two days after the body published a critical report blaming it for the violent repression of opposition protests. Guillermo Fernandez Maldonado, chief of the U.N.'s human...
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August 31, 2018 - 2:26 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says Israeli gunfire has wounded about 80 Palestinians at a weekly protest along the border with Israel. It said Friday a female medic was critically wounded from a gunshot to the back and a 10-year-old boy seriously injured. Hamas, the Islamic...
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August 31, 2018 - 1:34 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland says it lost over 5 million citizens and over $54 billion dollars (46.6 billion euros) worth of assets under the Nazi German occupation of the country during World War II. A parliamentary commission announced the numbers as part of the current Polish government's...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, smoke rises after a TNT bomb was thrown from a helicopter, hitting a rebel position during heavy fighting between troops loyal to president Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in a neighbouring village to Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province countryside, Syria. The campaign for Idlib, the opposition’s only remaining stronghold in the country and now a refuge for over one million displaced Syrians, is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war. (AP Photo/File)
August 31, 2018 - 10:04 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 5 p.m. The head of the U.N. agency for refugees says a potential military offensive in the last rebel stronghold in Syria threatens to cause renewed displacement and discourage refugees from returning home. U.N. High Commissioner...
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In this photo made available Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, a team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham inspects a dhow while conducting maritime security operations. A U.S. military video released early Friday, Aug. 31, purported to show small ships in the Gulf of Aden smuggling weapons amid the ongoing war in Yemen, with officials saying they seized over 1,000 arms from the vessels. (U.S. Navy via AP)
August 31, 2018 - 2:09 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military said early Friday it seized over 1,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles being smuggled by small ships in the Gulf of Aden amid the ongoing war in nearby Yemen. The seizure by the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham may mark the first such...
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Cindy McCain walks with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, followed by children Jack, Bridget, Jimmy and Andrew Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, as the plane carrying the body of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 30, 2018 - 7:55 pm
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on services for Sen. John McCain (all times local): 7:45 p.m. EDT Sen. John McCain's casket has arrived in Maryland ahead of ceremonies Friday at the U.S. Capitol. McCain was flown to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington after a church service Thursday in...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Syria Staffan de Mistura addresses the media during a conference 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' at the EU Council in Brussels. Fearing a military offensive, the U.N. envoy for Syria proposed Thursday, Aug. 30, that civilians holed up in the rebel-held region of Idlib could evacuate to government-held areas, a move that would in essence send many back into parts of Syria they once fled in its 7-1/2-year-old war. De Mistura expresses fears of a “perfect storm” that could have a devastating impact on nearly 3 million people, nearly half of whom arrived from elsewhere in Syria, in the region largely controlled by al-Qaida-linked fighters. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
August 30, 2018 - 3:51 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Fearing a military offensive, the U.N. envoy for Syria proposed Thursday that civilians holed up in the rebel-held region of Idlib could evacuate to government areas — a move that would send many back into parts of Syria they once fled in its 7-1/2-year-old civil war. U.N. envoy...
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May inspects the honour guard after arriving to meet with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. The British prime minister is on a three-country Africa visit with a large business delegation as Britain seeks to boost economic ties ahead of a bumpy exit from the European Union in March. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
August 30, 2018 - 9:25 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday became the first UK leader to visit Kenya in 30 years, bringing security and development funding to East Africa's commercial hub and neighboring Somalia as Britain seeks to boost economic ties ahead of a bumpy exit from the...
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In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, Cafer Topkaya, a former naval officer posted to NATO, gestures, during an interview in his apartment in Brussels. After more than a year in prison in Turkey, Topkaya, fled the country and a potentially heavy sentence for crimes he says he did not commit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
August 30, 2018 - 9:15 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — In his sixth week of detention, Cafer Topkaya stopped counting the days in his prison diary, realizing he wouldn't be going home anytime soon. Like many caught up in the crackdown after the failed military coup in Turkey two years ago, the 42-year-old naval officer had believed he...
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