• In this Sunday, April 24, 2016, file photo made from video posted online by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, Civil Defense workers run after airstrikes and shelling hit Aleppo, Syria. A military buildup in northern Syria coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought much needed relief to war-stricken Syrians, ushering in what could be an even more ruinous chapter in the country's five-year-old conflict. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP video, File)

    Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

    BEIRUT (AP) — A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought some relief to a war-weary country. The renewed violence is ushering in what could be an even more ruinous chapter in the 5-year-old conflict.

  • In this Monday, April 25, 2016 photo, a Pakistani policeman stands guard outside the 300-year-old gurdwara or place of worship for Pakistan's Sikh minority, in Peshawar. While Sikhs celebrated the opening of their gurdwara, its neighbors all of whom are Muslim told The Associated Press that they either didn't want them there or were worried that an attack by militants was certain to happen. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani Sikhs open temple after 73 years, risking attacks

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An armed policeman stood guard outside the 300-year-old Sikh temple, known as a gurdwara, in northwest Pakistan. He kept a watchful eye on everyone who passed him on the narrow street, looking for a suspicious gesture, or a bulge beneath the clothes that hints at a hidden gun or a bomb.

  • South Sudan: Rebel leader returns to the capital

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba Tuesday afternoon, to become vice president and to try to end the civil war that in two and a half years has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than 2 million from their homes.

  • This image made from undated militant video, shows Canadians John Ridsdel, right, and Robert Hall. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday, April 25, 2016, in the southern Philippines belongs to Ridsdel, who was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September 2015. (Militant Video via AP Video) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Philippine troops hunt down extremists who beheaded Canadian

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.

  • Dutch-Turkish journalist Ebru Umar talks on her mobile phone in Kusadasi, Turkey, Monday, April 25, 2016. Umar, a columnist for The Netherlands' Metro newspaper, has been barred from leaving Turkey as authorities continue to investigate whether she should be charged for two of her tweets that were deemed offensive to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.(AP Photo)

    Turkey’s Erdogan chases critics at home and abroad

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Ebru Umar was sleeping in her summer residence on Turkey’s Aegean coast when police arrived at her door and took her away for questioning about two of her tweets that were deemed offensive to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Today in History

    Today is Tuesday, April 26, the 117th day of 2016. There are 249 days left in the year.

  • WADA appoints cycling doping expert to Russia project

    MONTREAL (AP) — A former war crimes investigator who examined doping in the Lance Armstrong era of cycling will help rebuild Russia’s discredited anti-doping program.

  • In this Sunday, April 17, 2016 photo, fridge magnets with pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah and the Russian, Syrian and Hezbollah national flags are displayed in a souvenirs shop outside the historic 7th century Umayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria. Putin, Assad and Nasrallah are a hot commodity in Damascus these days, their faces posted on mementos in the capital's old bazars. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    AP PHOTOS: Syria war souvenirs feature Putin, others

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — They stare at you from mugs, pins and fridge magnets in souvenir shops in Damascus.

  • U.S President Barack Obama speaks at the Hannover Messe, the world's largest industrial technology trade fair, in Hannover, northern Germany, Monday April 25, 2016. Obama is on a two-day official visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama, top US allies to discuss challenges straining Europe

    HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up “momentum” in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.

  • President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe Trade Fair in Hannover, Germany, Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria

    AERZEN, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama has decided to send up to 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group.