• Pressure building to condemn Syria over chemical weapons

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pressure is building for the United Nations to condemn Syria over the use of chemical weapons as the Security Council prepares to discuss a report by weapons inspectors that found the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons on at least two occasions and is suspected of deploying them in at least three other instances.

  • Humberto de la Calle, fourth from left, the chief of Colombia's government negotiation team with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. A permanent cease-fire took effect in Colombia on Monday as a result of a peace accord for ending five decades of war between the government and the rebels group. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Permanent cease-fire takes effect in Colombia under accord

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A permanent cease-fire took effect in Colombia on Monday, a major step in bringing an end to 52 years of bloody combat between the government and the country’s biggest rebel group.

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, Indira Adhikari, left, and Suman Adhikari are seen at their home in Kathmandu, Nepal. The mother and son have very little hope of getting justice for Muktinath Adhikari, who was dragged out of a classroom he was teaching, tied to a tree and riddled with bullets by alleged maoists for refusing to part with a portion of his salary to fuel their rebellion. Now the very same rebels are politicians controlling the nation's government and want everyone to forgive and forget what happened during the conflict. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Survivors of Nepal insurgency fear crimes will go unpunished

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The image of the teacher’s body tied to a tree and riddled with bullets still haunts his son 14 years later. Communist militants allegedly dragged the Nepalese man from the class he was teaching and then killed him for refusing to give part of his salary to fund their bloody rebellion.

  • FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal

    HAVANA (AP) — The commander of Colombia’s biggest rebel movement said Sunday its fighters will permanently cease hostilities with the government beginning with the first minute of Monday, as a result of their peace accord ending one of the world’s longest-running conflicts.

  • Turkish troops head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Turkey on Wednesday sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels retake the key Islamic State-held town of Jarablus and to contain the expansion of Syria's Kurds in an area bordering Turkey .(AP Photo/Halit Onur Sandal)

    Kurdish-led Syria forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels

    BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.

  • UN renews commitment to help implement Colombia cease-fire

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is warmly welcoming the final peace agreement between the Colombian government and leftist rebels and reiterating its commitment to help implement and verify the cease-fire.

  • Aid ambulances stage in Daraya, a blockaded Damascus suburb, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The development in the Daraya suburb is part of an agreement struck between the rebels and the government of President Bashar Assad. Rebels in agreed to evacuate after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that has left the sprawling suburb southwest of the capital in ruins.(AP Photo)

    The Latest: UN says it wasn’t consulted on Syria-Daraya deal

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

  • Representative of the Philippine government, Jesus Dureza, 2nd left, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Boerge Brende , centre, and representative of the communist movement the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Luis Jalandoni, 2nd right, during the meeting for the signing of a joint declaration in which both parties undertake unilateral ceasefires without time constraints. (Berit Roald / NTB via AP) Photo: Berti Roald / NTB SCANPIX Representant for den filippinske regjeringen, (f.v) Jesus Dureza (GPH),  utenriksminister Børge Brende og representant for kommunistbevegelsen National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Luis Jalandoni etter signeringen av en felleserklæring hvor begge parter forplikter seg til unilaterale våpenhviler uten tidsbegrensninger. Signeringen finner sted på Holmenkollen Park Hotell, fredag. Foto: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

    Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Philippine communist rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire Friday in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, walk to their seats prior to a bilateral meeting  in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The U.S. and Russia renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground continued to deteriorate after months of hesitation, missed deadlines and failed attempts to forge a nationwide truce. (Martial Trezzini/Pool Photo via AP)

    US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov “have achieved clarity” on a path to restore a truce in Syria but details remain to be worked out.

  • In this undated photo distributed on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the site of a submarine-launched missile test at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. Kim said Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, that his country had achieved the "success of all successes" in launching a missile from a submarine, saying it effectively gave the country a fully equipped nuclear attack capability and put the U.S. mainland within striking distance. Associated Press Photo Editors have detected evidence of photo manipulation on Kim Jong Un's face in this image. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

    NKorea missile test adds to ‘Military First’ celebration

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea marked its “Military First” holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful — and potentially game-changing — submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion.