• In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 photo, a building is seen with heavy damage in Aleppo, Syria. The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster as tens of thousands of people flee. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)

    Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces on Saturday captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city, Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group said.

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 photo, a building is seen with heavy damage in Aleppo, Syria. The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster as tens of thousands of people flee. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)

    AP News Guide: Diplomats push as Syria battlefield shifts

    Diplomats from a dozen countries, led by the United States and Russia, are struggling to make progress in Syria, even as fighting in the north sends tens of thousands fleeing and threatens a deepening humanitarian crisis. Next month, Syria’s civil war will reach the end of its fifth year, and its consequences continue to reach new and disastrous levels.

  • U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, gestures during his speech   at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Kerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria

    MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sharply criticized Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of “repeated aggression” in both places.

  • Jan Egeland, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, speaks  at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.  (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

    BEIRUT (AP) — A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria’s civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender because “the belt is narrowing around you.”

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Talks aimed at narrowing differences over Syria and keeping afloat diplomacy to end its civil war have gotten under way in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Kerry and Lavrov open Syria talks as countries trade barbs

    MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in a week’s time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of local administrators at his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wedesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Erdogan has ratcheted up his criticism of the United States for not recognizing Syrian Kurdish forces as "terrorists," saying Washington's lack of knowledge of the groups operating in the region had led to bloodshed. Turkey considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, which are affiliated with Turkey's own Kurdish rebels as a terrorist group.(Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service, Pool via AP)

    Turkish leaders lash out at demands to open border

    KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop the Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus.

  • In this photo provided by Turkish Islamic aid group IHH, children play at a temporary refugee camp for displaced Syrians in northern Syria, near Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Turkey must open its doors to the thousands of Syrians who have massed at the border after fleeing violence, the United Nations demanded Tuesday, warning that hundreds of thousands of others in Syria’s largest city could be soon cut off from humanitarian aid amid blistering Syrian and Russian airstrikes. (IHH via AP)

    Kurds attack Syrian air base held by insurgents

    BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse.

  • In this photo provided by Turkish Islamic aid group IHH, a displaced Syrian boy eats at a temporary refugee camp in northern Syria, near Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Turkey was under pressure from the EU to open its border to up to 35,000 Syrians who have massed along the frontier in the past few days fleeing an onslaught by government forces and intense Russian airstrikes  in Aleppo. (IHH via AP)

    The Latest: MSF says 23,000 flee Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, soldiers and plainclothes policemen gather at the scene of an explosion that killed tens of people and wounded others in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, that caused wide material damage to buildings and cars in the area. IS vowed to carry out more attacks in the future. (SANA via AP)

    IS car bomb in Syrian capital kills 10

    BEIRUT (AP) — A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars.

  • A man makes enquires regarding the opening of the closed Turkish border crossing with Syria, on the outskirts of the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Turkey is facing mounting pressure to open its border as tens of thousands of Syrian fleeing a government onslaught and intense Russian airstrikes arrived at the frontier. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees

    KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught.