• People help a wheelchair user board a train with others, heading towards Serbia, at the transit camp for refugees near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Several thousand migrants and refugees enter daily from Greece into Macedonia on their way through the Balkans towards the more prosperous European Union countries. More than 500,000 people have arrived this year in EU seeking sanctuary or jobs, sparking the EU's biggest refugee emergency in decades. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    The Latest: France proposes EU border corps

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. All times local.

    Updated: 11:53 am

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. NATO defense ministers meet Thursday to consider the implications of recent Russian military actions in Syria, as well as ongoing measures to retool NATO to meet contemporary security threats. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO chief: Alliance faces ‘conflict, instability’

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s chief on Thursday signaled its readiness to deploy forces if needed to protect Turkey against any threat from Russia, as the alliance agreed on more changes to meet today’s security threats.

    Updated: 7:15 am

  • In this image posted on the Twitter page of Ahrar al-Sham on Aug. 8, 2015, a fighter from the al-Qaida-linked Ahrar al-Sham fires his weapon against pro-government fighters in the northwestern village of Foua in Idlib province, Syria. In an effort to improve its image in the West, the group's self-styled foreign affairs director has written opinion pieces in the Washington Post and Britain's Daily Telegraph to present his group as a moderate alternative and potential partner for Western governments. (Ahrar al-Sham Twitter page via AP)

    Syrian militant group recasts itself as moderate option

    BEIRUT (AP) — The militants brought the two men into a square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, then announced their punishment for failing to attend Friday prayers: 25 lashes delivered by a hose-wielding militant that left their backs covered in welts and dark bruises.

    Updated: 1:32 am

  • In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, a Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

    Syrian troops launch ground offensive in central regions

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

  • Francoise Saulnier, Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, lead counsel, Joanne Liu, President of MSF International, and Bruno Jochum, Director General of MSF Switzerland, from left to right, attend a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    Aid group seeks fact-finding mission over Kunduz strike

    GENEVA (AP) — Doctors Without Borders called Wednesday for an independent fact-finding mission to investigate a U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.

  • Prosecutor: Burkina Faso coup leader formally charged

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A military prosecutor says the general who took power after last month’s coup now has been formally charged along with one other formal top official accused of supporting the overthrow of Burkina Faso’s government.

  • In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo released by the Rased News Network, a Facebook account affiliated with Islamic State militants, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, people gather at the site of an airstrike in Al-Bab on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said warplanes believed to be Russian have targeted the northern town of Al-Bab that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group. The Arabic at the bottom reads, "The destruction that was caused by airstrikes of the Crusader-Alawite coalition on the town of Al-Bab." (Rased News Network via AP)

    Syrian rebels face a new reality amid Russian air campaign

    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed rebel group Tajammu Alezzah has been fighting the Syrian military outside the city of Hama for months, but a new player has joined the fray: Russian warplanes, which have repeatedly hit their front-line positions, followed by airstrikes from government planes.

  • In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, a Russian pilot fixes an air-to-air missile at his Su-30 jet fighter before a take off at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. NATO also strongly criticized the Russian air campaign in Syria that began Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Steshin, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

    NATO chief: Russian jets in Turkish airspace no accident

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s secretary-general on Tuesday rejected Moscow’s claim that its military incursion into alliance airspace over Turkey wasn’t intentional or important, saying there were two separate incidents and “the violation lasted for a long time.”

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waits for the arrival of European Council President Donald Tusk prior to a meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Erdogan is on a two-day visit to meet Belgian and EU officials. (Francois Lenoir, Pool photo via AP)

    Turkey vows to protect borders after Russian jet incursion

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria, NATO denounced Russia on Monday for “irresponsible behavior” after its warplanes violated Turkish airspace, and Turkey warned that any future aerial intruder would be treated like an enemy.

  • This Nov. 15, 2013 photo released by NASA shows the three-story Human Exploration Research Analog habitat at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The space agency, which is contemplating a future journey to Mars, is working with a military laboratory at the submarine base in Groton, Conn., to measure how teams handle stress during month-long simulations of space flight. (Bill Stafford/NASA via AP)

    How to prepare for Mars? NASA consults Navy sub force

    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — As NASA contemplates a manned voyage to Mars and the effects missions deeper into space could have on astronauts, it’s tapping research from another outfit with experience sending people to the deep: the U.S. Navy submarine force.