The Latest: Webb declines presidential run as an independent

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb says he will not run as an independent candidate for president, citing the challenge of raising money for a White House bid. Webb sought the...

The Latest: Syria talks underway in Munich

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Talks aimed at narrowing differences over Syria and keeping afloat diplomacy to end its civil war have gotten under way in...

Berlin Film Festival jury questioned over diversity

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The Latest: Bloomberg sees chance in NH primary results

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Michael Bloomberg sees an opportunity emerging in presidential politics after Hillary Clinton’s blowout defeat in New Hampshire and Donald Trump’s victory there....

Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria

MUNICH (AP) — The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another. As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry scrambled in Germany to negotiate the timing and conditions for a cease-fire between the...

NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece....

The Latest: Black Caucus PAC endorses Clinton

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The political action committee of the Congressional Black Caucus has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Rep. Gregory Meeks said Thursday that the Democratic presidential candidate has...

South African president faces protests at parliament

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police fired stun grenades at dozens of clashing supporters of the ruling African National Congress and an opposition party ahead of the much-awaited state-of-the-nation address by the president. Earlier, members of the Ses’Khona...

Kerry and Lavrov open Syria talks as countries trade barbs

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened talks Thursday to try and reconcile deep differences over a proposed cease-fire for the Syrian civil war. They met as other U.S. and Russian officials traded allegations over...

The Latest: Saudis call ground troop decision ‘irreversible’

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Saudi Arabian state television is quoting a military spokesman describing the kingdom’s offer to send ground troops into...