• Thursday, October 1, 2015

    The Latest: Oregon college cancels classes all of next week; 9 victims are identified

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks next to Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a news conference at the U.N., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Europe, US split over form of Syria talks

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine nations or five? In speeches at this year’s U.N. gathering of world leaders, major powers are increasing calls for multilateral negotiations to end the war in Syria. But Europe and the United States are split on who should be at the table.

  • This image posted on the official Twitter account of the Saudi Press agency, SPA, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2015, shows a confiscated Iranian fishing boat smuggling weapons bound for Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Shiite rebels says it has foiled an attempt by Iran to smuggle missiles and other weapons to the rebels aboard a fishing boat. The coalition says in a statement released Wednesday that the seizure took place on Saturday some 241 kilometers (150 miles) southeast of the Omani port of Salalah. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

    Weapons believed to be from Iran seized in Arabian Sea

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A ship carrying illicit arms believed to be from Iran was intercepted last week off the southern Arabian Peninsula by a member of a U.S.-backed naval coalition and was not registered with any country, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday.

  • Saudi minister: There’s a military option to oust Assad

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Tuesday there is a military option in Syria that will end with the removal of President Bashar Assad if the preferred political option does not lead to his departure.

  • President Barack Obama walks past members of the press corp after returning to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, after spending three days in New York and the United Nations. Obama spoke to reporters and thanked the secret service for their work over the last few weeks in protecting the Pope, the Chinese President,  the United Nations and the King and Queen of Spain. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    In year of diplomatic triumphs, Obama still dogged by Syria

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a year of diplomatic breakthroughs, President Barack Obama can’t escape the shadow of Syria’s intractable crisis.

  • Monday, September 28, 2015

    Obama says fight against Islamic State will take time, but ultimately optimistic

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits on the head of state chair after addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Iran’s president says thousands died in hajj tragedy

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s president on Monday blamed Saudi “incompetence” for the mass deaths of Muslim pilgrims four days ago during the hajj in Saudi Arabia, comments that stoked already high tensions between the two Middle East rivals.

  • Russia's Vladimir Putin waits to begin his address to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    UN chief: Refer Syrian crisis to Criminal Court

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Vladimir Putin played it cool, Barack Obama was earnest but firm and Iran’s president walked in smiling. World leaders glided through the opening day of a U.N. gathering Monday that aims to wrestle with the globe’s biggest crises — a historic flood of refugees, the rise of threats like the Islamic State group and the conflict in Syria.

  • In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, migrants from Syria wait in the migrant camp of Grande Synthe, before an attempt to get to Britain, outside Dunkirk, northern France. Migrants in Teteghem or nearby Grande-Synthe wait eagerly for the service they signed up for. People smugglers who get rich off desperate migrants span the globe, and their tentacles extend into nooks and crannies like Teteghem, a small town outside Dunkirk. Here the smuggling kingpins are firmly in control, and growing nasty. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Hope, fear, waiting at French migrant camps run by smugglers

    TETEGHEM, France (AP) — A Mercedes and a BMW, both with British license plates, sit in a forest clearing on the edge of a small migrant camp in northern France. Everyone here speaks in whispers, or not at all. Bullet holes pock two shipping containers sheltering migrants, all trying to get to England, helping to explain the silence.

  • Sunday, September 27, 2015

    The Latest: Obama, Putin agree to discuss political transition in Syria