McCain criticizes Syria truce deal, sees Russia ambitions

MUNICH (AP) — Senior Republican Sen. John McCain sharply criticized the deal to seek a temporary truce in Syria, arguing Sunday that Russia is engaging in “diplomacy in the service of military aggression.” Diplomats from a group of countries that have interests...

Putin, Obama discuss Syria, Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have held a telephone conversation about the Syrian war and the unresolved conflict in Ukraine. A Sunday statement said the call took place at Washington’s initiative, but didn’t specify...

Kerry in Albania to press reform

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Albania to make a push for the Balkan nation to enact a major package of judicial and legislative reforms. Kerry was making a brief stop in the capital Tirana on Sunday to urge the government and...

Opposition activists say Turkey shelling Kurds in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Opposition activists say Turkey has shelled positions held by the main Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group says two fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces — a coalition of...

Somalia’s president: Many fight for al-Shabab for money

MUNICH (AP) — Somalia’s president says military forces have made inroads in their fight against al-Shabab militants but the key to defeating them lies in providing better opportunities for the country’s youth. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Sunday told a...

UN: 2015 civilian injuries in Afghan war worst since 2009

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations says civilian injuries in Afghanistan’s long war with the Taliban rose last year, with women and children again bearing the brunt of the violence. In a report released Sunday, the U.N. says a total of 3,545 civilians were...

Seoul: Pyongyang used money from joint factories for weapons

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says most of the money it paid to North Korea for the now-shuttered jointly run industrial park was channeled into weapons programs and used to buy luxury goods for the impoverished nation’s elite. In a brief Sunday statement, the...

Pope to bring message of hope to gritty Mexico City suburb

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pope Francis heads into the capital’s crime-ridden suburb of Ecatepec on Sunday to see firsthand the reality of the Mexican “periphery,” where drug violence, gangland-style executions and kidnappings are daily facts of life. The pontiff...

Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

MUNICH (AP) — Russia’s prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance’s top official defended as a necessary response to aggression...

Syria truce hopes dim as Russia is skeptical, fighting rages

MUNICH (AP) — Hopes of securing a temporary truce in Syria within a week dimmed Saturday as Syrian government forces tightened the noose around rebel-held parts of Aleppo and Russia’s foreign minister put the chances of a quick truce at less than 50 percent. His...