• German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speak after a welcome ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Merkel is meeting Davutoglu and other Turkish officials for talks on reducing the influx of migrants to Europe. Turkey, a key country on the migrant route to Europe, is central to Merkel's diplomatic efforts to reduce the flow.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Merkel says ‘horrified’ by Russian bombings in Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city.

  • Somali official: Bomb blew hole in passenger jet

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber is suspected to have set off the explosive that blew a hole in a jetliner, sucked the man out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing on Tuesday in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Somali officials said Saturday.

  • Riot policemen try to avoid a petrol bomb thrown by protesters during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Clashes have broken out between Greek police and youths throwing fire bombs and stones, as tens of thousands of people march through central Athens to protest planned pension reforms.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    40,000 protest pension reform as general strike grips Greece

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Sporadic clashes broke out in central Athens Thursday as tens of thousands marched to the Greek Parliament during a general strike called to protest planned pension reforms that are part of the country’s third international bailout.

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, left, and 17-year-old Syrian refugee Mazoun Almellehan during a press conference during the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.  Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries are meeting in London Thursday to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war, and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees to Europe. (Dan Kitwood Pool via AP)

    The Latest: Monitor says 500 sites hit by air in offensive

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on fighting in Syria and Thursday’s Syria aid conference (all times local):

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 photo, a relative places a photo of victim Zainab Mirzaee in front of her sister Golsum, 27, as her father looks on, during an interview with the Associated Press at their house in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban suicide bombing against a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest media company on Jan. 20 has shocked local journalists, who fear they are now in the cross hairs of an increasingly lethal insurgency. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghan Taliban open new front in war with attacks on media

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban suicide bombing against a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest media company last month has shocked local journalists, who fear they are now in the cross hairs of an increasingly lethal insurgency.