• In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s offer to put boots on the ground to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from Mideast allies. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)

    Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.

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  • 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.

  • A Syrian man gestures as Syrians gather at the border gate with Turkey, in Bab al-Salam, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Thousands of Syrians have rushed toward the Turkish border, fleeing fierce Syrian government offensives and intense Russian airstrikes. Turkey has promised humanitarian help for the displaced civilians, including food and shelter, but it did not say whether it would let them cross into the country. (AP Photo/Bunyamin Aygun) TURKEY OUT

    Syria says any foreign troops would return ‘in coffins’

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge.

  • Benin Navy guarding Greek tanker, hostages held in Nigeria

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The navy of Benin is guarding an oil tanker hijacked by militants who are holding five crew members hostage in Nigeria, Nigeria’s navy and a shipping security expert said Wednesday.

  • Afghan insurgents kill 10-year-old boy who joined militia

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A 10-year-old Afghan boy who was declared a hero after fighting the Taliban has been shot dead by insurgents while on his way to school, officials said Wednesday.

  • Flags hang in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations during a round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Russia said Tuesday it supports the inclusion of all opposition parties in Syrian peace talks, including two hard-line Islamic groups, as President Bashar Assad’s troops captured a village north of Syria’s largest city with the aid of Russian air strikes. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    Syrian TV: Army breaks long rebel siege of Shiite villages

    GENEVA (AP) — The peace talks in the Syrian civil war are taking a break. The fighting is not.

  • Syria's High Negotiations Committee, HNC, spokesman Salem al-Mislet, right, speaks to the media during a press briefing during Syria peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

    The Latest: Syrian TV: Army breaks rebel siege of villages

    GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Syrian peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, talks to special presidential envoy to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, Brett McGurk, during a 23-nation conference, in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Nations fighting the Islamic State are discussing how to prevent the group from gaining a stranglehold in Libya, though no one is resolved yet to launch a second military intervention in the North African country this decade. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Libya’s political chaos slows response to Islamic State

    ROME (AP) — The military strategy for eliminating the Islamic State in Libya appeared on hold Tuesday as nations fighting the extremist group said they could help the North African country re-establish security once its long-awaited new government is established.