• Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question as he is joined by Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan, left to right, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion during a news conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.  (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that “the people terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help.”

  • In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 file photo, people wait to leave the besieged town of Madaya, northwest of Damascus, Syria, where Doctors Without Borders says dozens of people have died of starvation since September. (AP Photo, File)

    More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop at the Pinkerton Academy Stockbridge Theatre, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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  • 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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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speak after a welcome ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Merkel is meeting Davutoglu and other Turkish officials for talks on reducing the influx of migrants to Europe. Turkey, a key country on the migrant route to Europe, is central to Merkel's diplomatic efforts to reduce the flow.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Merkel says ‘horrified’ by Russian bombings in Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city.

  • In this photo provided by Turkish Islamic aid group IHH, Syrians gather at a temporary refugee camp for displaced Syrians in northern Syria, near Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Turkey is facing mounting pressure to open its border as tens of thousands of Syrian fleeing a government onslaught and intense Russian airstrikes arrived at the frontier. (IHH via AP)

    Syria troops make more gains in Aleppo, near Turkish border

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.

  • A man makes enquires regarding the opening of the closed Turkish border crossing with Syria, on the outskirts of the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Turkey is facing mounting pressure to open its border as tens of thousands of Syrian fleeing a government onslaught and intense Russian airstrikes arrived at the frontier. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees

    KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught.

  • 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.

  • In this photo provided by Turkey's Islamic aid group of IHH, Syrians fleeing the conflicts in Azaz region, wait at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Turkish officials say thousands of Syrians have massed on the Syrian side of the border seeking refuge in Turkey. Officials at the government’s crisis management agency said Friday it was not clear when Turkey would open the border to allow the group in and start processing them. The refugees who fled bombing in Aleppo, were waiting at the Bab al-Salam crossing, opposite the Turkish province of Kilis.(IHH via AP)

    The Latest: Turkey aiding Syrians, but border closed

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the fighting in Syria, where government forces are waging a massive offensive around the northern city of Aleppo, once the country’s largest. (all times local):

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, is flanked by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, right, and Netherlands’ Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert as they pose for a picture at the Maritime Museum prior to an informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    The Latest: Turkish officials say thousands massed at border

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