• 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

  • A view of the screen showing the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, during a press conference,  in Stockholm, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair." (AP Photo)

    The Latest: Nobel shows link between DNA repair, diseases

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Latest developments in the announcements of the Nobel Prizes (all times local):

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • From left, Italy's Andrea Pirlo, Sebastian Giovinco and Riccardo Montolivo arrive for a training session ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifying match against Azerbajian, at the Coverciano center, near Florence, Italy, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)

    Dutch on verge of missing out on Euro 2016

    PARIS (AP) — Qualifying for the largest-ever European Championship was supposed to be easy.

  • 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.”

  • Turkey’s Fenerbahce beats Nets 101-96 in exhibition game

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets lost their preseason opener Monday night to Turkey’s Fenerbahce Ulker, which got 18 points from former NBA lottery pick Jan Vesely in a 101-96 victory.

  • 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.

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees wait to sign up for a return bus to the Syrian border, at the U.N.-run Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, northern Jordan. Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can't survive in exile after drastic aid cuts, can't afford to pay smugglers to sneak them into Europe or are simply homesick. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    Syrian refugees increasingly return to war zones in homeland

    ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can’t survive in exile after drastic aid cuts, can’t afford to pay smugglers to sneak them into Europe or are simply homesick.