• 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.

  • 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.

  • Fire breaks out at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

    MOSCOW (AP) — A small fire has broken out at the Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for the 2018 World Cup final.

  • In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters. (Sergey Guneyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are playing well at home

    MOSCOW (AP) — Whatever effect Russia’s airstrikes are having on the ground in Syria, their impact at home is clear: They prove to Russians that their country is showing up the United States and reclaiming its rightful place as a global power.

  • Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem leaves the podium after addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Syria at UN summit as Russian bombing causes tensions

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister said Friday that airstrikes against the Islamic State group “are useless” unless they are coordinated with the Syrian government, as the international community scrambled to respond to Russia’s airstrikes in his country.

  • Russian supply ship docks at space station

    MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked with the International Space Station, bringing the astronauts aboard 2.3 tons (2.5 short tons) of supplies ranging from air to garlic.

  • In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 a bomb explosion is seen in Syria. Reacting to criticism that it is targeting opponents of the Syrian government, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted on Thursday that Russia's airstrikes in Syria are targeting not only Islamic State militants but also other groups. (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

    The Latest: Putin denies reports of civilian deaths

    MOSCOW (AP) — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • 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.

  • In this image made from video provided by Homs Media Centre, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises after airstrikes by military jets in Talbiseh of the Homs province, western Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria for the first time on Wednesday, targeting what Moscow said were Islamic State positions. U.S. officials and others cast doubt on that claim, saying the Russians appeared to be attacking opposition groups fighting Syrian government forces. (Homs Media Centre via AP)

    The Latest: Russian airstrikes hit Islamic State in Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal takes to the touchline before the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    United seeks Champions League win back at Old Trafford

    LONDON (AP) — Champions League football is back at Old Trafford.