• In this photo taken Monday, July 25, 2016, some of the more than 30,000 Nuer civilians sheltering in a United Nations base in South Sudan's capital Juba for fear of targeted killings by government forces walk by an armored vehicle and a watchtower manned by Chinese peacekeepers. South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders said. The rapes in the capital of Juba highlighted two persistent problems in the chaotic country engulfed by civil war: targeted ethnic violence and the reluctance by U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

    Witnesses say South Sudan soldiers raped dozens near UN camp

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders said.

  • In this Saturday, July 16, 2016 photo, Syrian refugee Fawaz al-Jasem pulls weeds on a tomato farm in Ramtha, Jordan. He's among thousands of displaced Syrians who recently obtained work permits as part of Jordan's promise to the international community to put 50,000 refugees to work legally by the end of the year in exchange for interest-free loans and easier access to European markets. So far, some 23,000 Syrians have been given work permits in the kingdom under the deal, aimed in part at keeping refugees in the region with a promise of jobs and education for their children, and deterring them from moving on to Europe. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    Jordan deal with donors means legal work for Syria refugees

    RAMTHA, Jordan (AP) — Syrian refugee Fawaz al-Jasem used to drop his tools and run when he saw police approaching the farm in northern Jordan where he has been picking vegetables for the past three years.

  • Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the 6th East Asia Summit Foreign Minister's meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff.

  • UN calls for 48-hour humanitarian pause in Syria’s Aleppo

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses are urgently needed in Syria’s Aleppo city where fighting has left over a quarter of a million people trapped and in desperate need of aid, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday.

  • Intense airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo province hit 5 clinics

    BEIRUT (AP) — Government air raids struck at least five medical facilities in the northern province of Aleppo, where violence has intensified in recent weeks amid a siege by government forces, Syrian opposition activists said Sunday.