War and unrest

Pakistani politician Imran Khan, center, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, casts his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. After an acrimonious campaign, polls opened in Pakistan on Wednesday to elect the country's third straight civilian government, a first for this majority Muslim nation that has been directly or indirectly ruled by its military for most of its 71-year history. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
July 25, 2018 - 2:53 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on Pakistan's elections (all times local): 11:50 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is condemning the suicide bombing attack outside a polling station during Pakistan's national elections. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into people waiting outside a...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, June 21, 2018, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar, right, shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. South Sudan's government says President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to share power in a transitional government in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war. Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth announced the agreement to reporters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum on Wednesday, July 25.(AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FILE)
July 25, 2018 - 1:25 pm
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders have agreed to share power once again in a transitional government in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war, officials announced Wednesday. South Sudan's information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, announced the agreement between...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018, file photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian troops flash the victory sign next to the Syrian flag in Tell al-Haara, the highest hill in the southwestern Daraa province, Syria. Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday, as Syrian forces reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years. (SANA via AP, File)
July 24, 2018 - 2:42 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday while advancing Syrian government forces retaking territory from rebels reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years. The Israeli military said it monitored the advance of the...
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Trails of Patriot missiles are seen in the sky in northern Israel Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday while advancing Syrian government forces retaking territory from rebels reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years. The Israeli military said it monitored the advance of the Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet and shot it down with a pair of Patriot missiles after it penetrated Israeli airspace by about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles). (David Cohen/Flash90 via AP)
July 24, 2018 - 2:27 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:20 p.m. An official based in Syria and allied with government forces says Islamic State militants have seized the body of a Syrian pilot whose fighter jet was shot down by Israel. The official told The Associated Press on...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2018, file photo, supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan attend his election rally in Karachi, Pakistan. As Pakistanis prepare to make history on Wednesday by electing a third consecutive civilian government, rights activists, analysts and even some candidates say the campaign has been among the country's dirtiest imperiling the country's democratic future. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil, File)
July 24, 2018 - 1:20 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — As Pakistan prepares to make history Wednesday by electing a third straight civilian government, rights activists, analysts and candidates say the campaign has been among its dirtiest ever, imperiling the country's wobbly transition to democratic rule. The campaign has been...
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July 24, 2018 - 4:37 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it is partially reopening its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip after Hamas hostilities subsided. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Tuesday Israel will resume transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing in addition to the food and essential...
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This image made from video released by the Israeli Defence Forces on Sunday, July 22, 2018 shows Israeli soldiers on hand as family members of the White Helmets load into buses to Jordan. The call to get ready came at night. In the raging war zone of southwestern Syria, with enemy government forces on the march, the 98 White Helmets were told to bring spouses, children and but a few belongings to two collection points. Fabled rescuers themselves now in need of rescue, they embarked on a hair-raising journey through Israel, a supposed enemy, enroute to reluctant haven in Jordan, a country already burdened with multitudes of refugees. One woman gave birth along the way, many colleagues were left behind to a fate uncertain, and Syria called the multinational operation by several Western powers a crime. (Israeli Defence Forces via AP)
July 23, 2018 - 6:48 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The call came on Saturday night. In the raging war zone that is southwestern Syria, with enemy forces on the march, the 98 White Helmets volunteers brought their spouses, children and a personal bag each. A total of 421 people massed at two collection points where they were to make...
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 In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018, photo, Col. Omar Melhem, 51, who defected from the Syrian army defector and once commanded a rebel faction of some 3,000 fighters speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the central Syrian town of Talbiseh,
© AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
July 18, 2018 - 3:43 pm
TALBISEH, Syria (AP) — Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces...
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