• In this August 17, 2016 photo, men wait outside a fenced area at the Dibaga Camp for displaced people, where newcomers are interrogated before being allowed to stay, in Hajj Ali, northern Iraq. As the Islamic State group loses ground in Iraq, the militants are showing strains in their rule over areas they still control, growing more brutal, killing deserters and relying on younger recruits, according to residents. The accounts pointed to the difficulties the extremist group is facing as Iraqi forces backed by the United States prepare for an assault on Mosul. (AP Photo/Alice Martins)

    IS struggles to retain grip as it loses ground in Iraq

    DIBAGA CAMP, Iraq (AP) — As the Islamic State group loses ground in Iraq, the militants are showing strains in their rule over areas they still control, growing more brutal, killing deserters and relying on younger and younger recruits, according to residents who fled battleground territories.

  • FILE -- In this on Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016 frame grab provided by Russian Defence Ministry press service, aRussian long range bomber Tu-22M3 flies during an air strike over the Aleppo region of Syria. Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan was quoted by State TV website Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, as saying an announcement by Russia on using an Iranian airbase to attack Syrian militants was “a kind of show off and ungentlemanly.” The remarks suggest that the operation was not supposed to get public by either side. (Russian Defence Ministry Press Service photo via AP, File)

    Iran: Russia has stopped using Iran base for Syria strikes

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Russia has stopped using an Iranian air base for launching airstrikes on Syria for the time being, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday, just hours after the Iranian defense minister criticized Moscow for having “kind of show-off and ungentlemanly” attitude by publicizing their actions.

  • People carry a victim's coffin as they attend funeral services for dozens of people killed in last night's bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said the "barbaric" attack in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, on Saturday appeared to be a suicide bombing. Turkish authorities have put a temporary ban on distribution of images relating to Saturday's Gaziantep attack within Turkey.(AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

    Turkey vows to fight IS after attack kills 54, many children

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey vowed Monday to fight Islamic State militants at home and to “cleanse” the group from its borders after a weekend suicide bombing at a Kurdish wedding, an attack that came amid recent gains by Syrian Kurdish militia forces against the extremists in neighboring Syria.

  • In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on, at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia. For five years fighting has raged in Syria -- a globally resonant nightmare kept going in part by the insistence of Bashar Assad’s opponents that he must go even though they were failing to dislodge him from power. Now an inflection point may finally be at hand, with increasingly important Turkey suggesting Assad could play a role in an unspecified transition period. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

    Analysis: Turkey’s potentially momentous shift on Assad

    CAIRO (AP) — For five years fighting has raged in Syria — a humanitarian disaster destabilizing the region and the world. The aim of Bashar Assad’s opponents always was to drive the Syrian leader from power, but they have lacked the means to dislodge him. Now an inflection point may be at hand, with powerful opposition backer Turkey suggesting Assad, despite his brutality in the war, could play a role in an unspecified transition period.

  • FILE -- In this Feb. 16, 2016 file photo, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan shake hands during their meeting in Moscow, Russia. Dehghan was quoted by Iranian State TV website Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, as saying an announcement by Russia on using an Iranian airbase to attack Syrian militants was “a kind of show off and ungentlemanly.” The remarks suggest that the operation was not supposed to get public by either side. (Vadim Savitsky/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service pool photo via AP, File)

    The Latest: London police arrest 2 suspected IS aspirants

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Syrian war (all times local):

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, talks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, right, during the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Manila. Duterte said last week that he would not raise maritime disputes with China at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Laos next month, preferring to talk quietly with Chinese officials. (Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea dispute

    BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves:

  • An abandoned boat sits by the side of Walker South Road in Walker, La., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Hundreds of residents were rescued from flooded homes in the area last Saturday. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    10 Things to Know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

  • Somalia bombings kill 17 at local government HQ, market

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 30 others, police said Sunday.

  • Suspect’s ex-girlfriend lived at Alabama home where 5 slain

    CITRONELLE, Ala. (AP) — The suspect in the killing of five people at a home in Alabama attacked them while they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant — both of whom were found alive, authorities said Sunday.

  • An Israeli police sapper carries part of a rocket which landed in a yard of a house in the city of Sderot, southern Israel, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Sunday, prompting the Israeli military to respond with airstrikes and tank fire on targets inside Gaza. No injuries were reported on either side. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Palestinian rocket strikes Israeli town near Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military carried out a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, targeting Hamas positions in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit an Israeli border town earlier in the day.