• The Latest: Syrian ambassador considers ‘paper’ amid talks

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Syrian conflict (all times local):

  • Iraqi forces take control of most of Mosul airport from IS

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces on Friday gained control of most of Mosul’s airport on the city’s southwestern edge and all of a sprawling military base next to it, Iraqi officials said — key milestones in the first phase of the battle to rout Islamic State militants from the western part of Mosul.

  • Car bombing near Syria town captured from IS kills 35 people

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s news agency says a car bomb north of a town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from Islamic State militants has killed at least 35 people.

  • US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants.

  • The Latest: Iraqi special forces enter base by Mosul airport

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the Iraqi government forces’ battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

    MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.

  • Mass slaughter in Brazil prison exposes gang war over drugs

    MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system.

  • Gazans excited over territory’s new indoor mall

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a welcome sign of normalcy, a new Western-style indoor shopping mall — complete with an international retail chain, three-story bookstore and bustling food court — has opened in the Gaza Strip.

  • Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

    LONDON (AP) — A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.

  • New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters

    DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — It’s been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again.