UN: death toll in Ukraine fighting now above 6,100

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations says the number of people killed in a year of fighting in Ukraine has now passed 6,100, and says it’s increasingly worried that breaches in a cease-fire will further worsen the human rights situation in parts of the country’s...

Syrian president blames Turkey for loss of northwestern city

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has blamed Turkey for the fall of Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib last month to Islamic fighters, saying Ankara provided “huge support” — logistic and military — that played the key role in...
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Amid chaos, Al-Qaida consolidates hold of Yemen province

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, chant slogans during a demonstration against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on Houthi leaders, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen seized Thursday control of a major airport and sea...

UN chief set to nominate new special envoy to Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen’s ambassador to the U.N. says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday is expected to nominate the head of the U.N. Ebola mission as the new special envoy to Yemen. The ambassador told The Associated Press that Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed is...
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Europe dithers in face of unprecedented wave of migrants

In this picture taken on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 a woman waits to disembark from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbor of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy. The precise number of migrants who have perished in the Mediterranean sea as they flee poverty, war and other conflicts in...
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Thousands flee as IS group advances on Iraq’s Ramadi

People leave their hometown Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants pressing their offensive for Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, has forced more than 2,000 families...
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Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without Congress

FILE – In this April 14, 2015 file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a...
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Saudi-Iran rivalry over Yemen deepens Mideast sectarianism

FILE – In this Wednesday, April 8, 2015 file photo, smoke billows from a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa, Yemen. A state-run broadcaster in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has sent a navy destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen amid a Saudi-led airstrike...
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Amnesty says Bahrain reforms don’t end rights violations

FILE – In this March 28, 2013 file photo, a Bahraini anti-government protester holds up a picture of jailed opposition human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja as she participates in a prayer for al-Khawaja’s freedom after a march in Malkiya, Bahrain. Government...
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Nigerian military focus on area abducted girls believed held

People hold candles during a vigil to mark the one year anniversary of the abduction of girls studying at the Chibok government secondary school, Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. On the first anniversary of the day 276 schoolgirls were snatched in the middle of the night...