Crop fires, a weapon of war, ruin Iraqi, Syrian harvests

Asia & Pacific 05/30/19, 01:22

It was looking to be a good year for farmers across parts of Syria and Iraq. The wettest in generations, it brought rich, golden fields of wheat and barley, giving farmers in this war-torn region reason to rejoice.But good news is short-lived in this part of the world, where residents ...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

Africa 05/21/19, 11:28

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region.Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from the Islamic State and ...

Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib

Asia & Pacific 05/19/19, 09:01

Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes.Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire negotiated by Russia and Turkey that had been in place since September. ...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

World 05/17/19, 13:57

A U.N. official and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold.The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia and Turkey, in place since September. Russia has ...

Explains: How Yemen’s rebels increasingly deploy drones

World 05/14/19, 07:41

In Yemen, the high-pitched whine of drones has been a part of life for over 15 years, ever since the first U.S. drone strike here targeting al-Qaida in 2002. But now, Iran-backed Houthi rebels increasingly deploy drones in Yemen's brutal civil war.Neighboring Saudi Arabia, which has been battling the rebels ...

Houthi rebels begin withdrawal from key ports in Yemen

Asia & Pacific 05/11/19, 10:00

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday began a long-delayed withdrawal of forces from the port facility in the key city of Hodeida, the group said, following the terms of a December cease-fire aimed at alleviating the world's worst humanitarian crisis.Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the rebels' Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said ...

Update: 11 UN council nations urge Idlib cease-fire

Africa 05/10/19, 13:45

The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):9:45 p.m.Eleven members of the U.N. Security Council are urging fighters in Syria's last rebel-held stronghold in Idlib province to honor last September's cease-fire arrangements.This frame grab from video provided by the activist-operated Thiqa News Agency, shows residents displaced from the ...

Exiled Guatemalan who started Florida refugee nonprofit dies

U.S. 05/08/19, 17:40

Policarpia Gaspar, a Guatemalan civil war exile who co-founded a Florida organization mentoring Indian refugee children and connecting pregnant women to doctors has died, her family said Wednesday. She was 53.Her son, Glenn Mendez, said his mother had been battling leukemia for more than three years and died last week. ...

Christians’ ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calm

Asia & Pacific 04/25/19, 20:40

During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war, Gnanamani found solace in something many of her fellow Tamils didn't have: Christianity, and especially its long inclusion in Sri Lanka's main ethnic groups.A ...

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide bombing

Asia & Pacific 04/22/19, 22:20

The deadly Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the South Asian island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest.Government ministers have said seven Sri Lankans from a little-known local group carried out the ...

Explosions kill at least 138 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Asia & Pacific 04/21/19, 02:56

At least 138 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a security official told The Associated Press, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ...

journalists win Pulitzer for coverage of Yemen civil war

U.S. 04/15/19, 14:44

A team of three Associated Press journalists won a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting Monday for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen's brutal civil war.Reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and video journalist Maad al-Zikry spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen, shining a light ...

Libyan militias vow to stop commander’s move on Tripoli

Africa 04/05/19, 04:19

Militias in western Libya vowed Friday to confront a rival army commander's attempt to seize the capital, Tripoli, raising fears of renewed civil war in the oil-rich nation as the U.N. chief shuttled between the two sides, seeking to avert a major confrontation.The escalation comes after forces of Khalifa Hifter, ...

Cholera is surging once again in war-ravaged Yemen

World 04/04/19, 12:24

Cholera is surging once again in Yemen, with the U.N. reporting that the number of suspected cases has doubled in March over previous months and doctors in overwhelmed health facilities fearing it could rival a 2017 outbreak that spiraled into the world's worst flare-up.The surge underscores how Yemen, which has ...

Dozens of Spanish Civil War victims reburied 80 years later

Europe 04/01/19, 12:36

Marking eight decades since the end of the Spanish Civil War, the remains of 46 unidentified victims of the conflict have been reburied in the northern city of Pamplona.More than 500,000 people died in the 1936-1939 war between rebel nationalist forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco and defenders of the ...

Justice sought for 4 Dutch journalists killed in El Salvador

America 03/24/19, 23:35

It was 1982, the height of the civil war in El Salvador. Four Dutch TV journalists had linked up with leftist rebels near the town of El Paraiso, which has an army base on its outskirts.Planning to spend several days behind rebel lines, the newsmen hoisted rucksacks onto their backs ...

South Sudan spends millions on cars, homes instead of peace

Africa 03/21/19, 06:28

South Sudan's committee overseeing the fragile transition from civil war has approved almost $185 million in spending on vehicles, food and home renovations while the country's peace deal suffers from an alleged lack of funds, according to internal documents seen by The Associated Press.As the East African nation emerges from ...

New Zealand holds first funerals for mosque shooting victims

Asia & Pacific 03/20/19, 00:22

A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse.The funerals of ...

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