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  • Masked pro-Russian activists pass by a barricade as they guard a regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 11, 2014.  Ukraine’s prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country’s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers. Yatsenyuk Friday morning flew into Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists are occupying the regional administration building and calling for a referendum that could prefigure seeking annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Donetsk Republic: Ukraine’s One-Building Autonomy

    DONETSK, Ukraine  — To reach the People’s Republic of Donetsk, you need to pass a few club-wielding young men in masks, wind through a narrow corridor of sand-filled sacks and enter a gray office tower standing in the heart of […]

  • Pro-Russian activist wears a hand-made mask behind a barricade in front of the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, as the makings of an improved self-appointed government began to take shape, with demonstrators dug in for their third day at the 11-storey regional headquarters. Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday reasserted control over an administration building in the country’s second-largest city of Kharkiv, 250 Km ( 155 miles) north of Donetsk, which had been seized by pro-Russian protesters, and authorities detained some dozens. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Report: 60 Teople Taken Hostage In Eastern Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one […]

  • FILE - NATO Commander, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove.

    NATO Commander Warns Of Russian Threat To Separatist Moldova Region

    BRUSSELS/FEDOSIYA, Ukraine  – NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday Russia had built up a “very sizeable” force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea.
    Russia […]

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  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a parliamentary session in Ankara, on February 25, 2014 (AFP Photo/Adem Altan)

    Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Plane It Says Violated Air Space

    ISTANBUL – Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday which Turkey said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for control of a border crossing.
    “A […]

  • Colonel Yuly Mamchur, right, holds flowers as other Ukrainian airmen line up to greet their comrades who arrived to celebrate their wedding at the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Two young Lieutenants, medic Galina Volosyanchik and communication officer Ivan Benera got married today and arrived to their unit for a short celebration as Russian troops continue to occupy part of the airbase and demand surrender of Ukrainian airmen. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Ukraine Says Top Commander Held After Base Stormed

    KIEV, Ukraine  — Ukraine’s acting president says a top air force commander is being held after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces and is calling for his release.
    Col. Yuliy Mamchur is the commander of the Belbek Air […]

  • Ukrainian servicemen pile up their things after leaving the Ukrainian navy headquarters stormed by Crimean pro-Russian self-defense forces in Sevastopol, Crimea, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Crimea's self-defense forces on Wednesday stormed the Ukrainian navy headquarters in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, taking possession without resistance a day after Russia signed a treaty with local authorities to annex the region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

    Ukraine Bows To Crimea Seizure, Plans For Pullout

    SEVASTOPOL, Crimea  — Surrendering to Russia’s inexorable seizure of Crimea, Ukraine announced plans Wednesday for mass troop withdrawals from the strategic peninsula as Moscow-loyal forces seized control of Kiev’s naval headquarters here and detained its commander.
    Attempting to face down the […]

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  • VIDEO: Venezuelan troops hold plaza

    VIDEO: Venezuelan troops hold plaza

    Venezuela’s national guard troops patrol a plaza they seized on Sunday from anti-government protesters who had made it a stronghold. Paul Chapman reports.

  • A pro-Ukrainian demonstrator attends a rally, in Simferopol, Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014. Tensions are high in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, where a referendum is to be held Sunday on whether to split off from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Ukraine Says Russian Forces Move Outside Crimea

    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials […]

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front C), accompanied by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (front L), walks to watch military exercises upon his arrival at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the More...
Credit: REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

    Russian Markets Plunge As Putin Tightens Crimea Grip

    MOSCOW/PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine – Russia paid a heavy financial price on Monday for its military intervention in neighboring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin’s forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
    The Moscow stock […]

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  • Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in Times Square, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in New York. Western powers are prepared "to go to the hilt" to isolate Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine, "an incredible act of aggression" that may lead to visa bans, asset freezes, trade and investment penalties, and a boycott of a Russian-hosted economic summit of global powers in June, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    U.S. Calls Any Threat To Ukraine Navy ‘Dangerous’

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that any Russian threat to Ukraine’s navy would be a “dangerous escalation” of an extremely tense situation .
    The State Department said that Washington would hold Moscow directly accountable for such an escalation but […]

  • VIDEO: Jerry Seib: Obama Draws A Hard Line On Afghanistan

    VIDEO: Jerry Seib: Obama Draws A Hard Line On Afghanistan

    President Obama told Afghani President Hamid Karzai that he will withdraw US military from his country by the end of 2014 if the newly established government fails to cooperate. The NATO mission in Afghanistan is heavily reliant on American forces […]

  • Eyeing Afghan Exit, U.S. Intensifies Campaign Against Haqqani Militants

    Eyeing Afghan Exit, U.S. Intensifies Campaign Against Haqqani Militants

    KABUL/WASHINGTON – The United States has intensified its drive against the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in an attempt to deal a lasting blow to the militants in Afghanistan before foreign combat forces depart this year, according to multiple U.S. officials.
    The effort […]

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  • Afghan members of civil society organizations light candles during a memorial ceremony for 21 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked army checkpoints in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, Feb. 23, officials said, killing 21 soldiers in the deadliest single incident for the Afghan army in at least a year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Obama Tells Pentagon To Plan For Afghan Pullout

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the U.S, the White House […]

  • ALEPPO, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 20: At least 10 killed and many wounded at the blast in Esselame Border Gate of Syria, on February 20, 2014. It's stated that wounded people are carried to Kilis district of Hatay, Turkey via ambulances. (Photo by AA Images/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

    U.S. Plans To Inch Up Role In Syria

     
    WASHINGTON -– Kiev is burning, but Damascus, Homs and Aleppo are dying.
    There’s little the U.S. can do about Ukraine — it’s literally Russia’s backyard. But the Obama administration is working quietly on a plan to inch up America’s role in […]

  • A damaged building is pictured in Babila town, southeast Damascus February 17, 2014, after a local ceasefire agreement was reached between the opposition and regime forces. Picture taken during a guided tour by the Syrian Army. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST)

    Syria Peace Talks Failure Spurs U.S.-Russia Recriminations

    JAKARTA/MOSCOW  – The United States accused Damascus on Monday of paralyzing Geneva peace negotiations, while Russia denied that and said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward trying to end the civil war on the battlefield rather than in talks.
    A […]

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  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, A Syrian man injured by Syrian government shelling lies in a hospital bed in Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian government’s decision to detain peaceful activists, in a way left the door open for more extremist elements to rise up. When the protests started in Daraa in March 2011 in response to the arrest and torture of high school students who scrawled anti-government graffiti on the school wall, security forces used brute force, beating and opening fire on largely peaceful protesters demanding reform, and later, Assad's ouster. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    Brutality Of Syria War Casts Doubt On Peace Talks

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s conflict was sparked by an act of brutality – the detention and torture of schoolchildren who spray-painted anti-government graffiti in a southern city. In the three years since, the civil war has evolved into one of […]

  • In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center, AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians gather around damaged buildings while others try to extinguish fires following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that dozens of children were among scores killed in airstrikes on several opposition areas a day earlier. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

    Casualties Overwhelm Hospitals In Syria’s Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are overwhelmed with casualties, an international aid group warned Tuesday, as government warplanes blasted opposition areas of the city as part of a withering three-day air assault that has […]

  • Syria Rebels Reject Opposition Coalition, Call For Islamic Leadership

    Syria Rebels Reject Opposition Coalition, Call For Islamic Leadership

    BEIRUT  – Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition and called for a new Islamist front, undermining international efforts to build up a pro-Western military force to replace President Bashar al-Assad.
    Ever more divided on a battlefield where […]

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  • NATO: 3 U.S. Troops Killed In Afghan Insider Attack

    NATO: 3 U.S. Troops Killed In Afghan Insider Attack

    KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan wearing a security forces uniform turned his weapon against U.S. troops Saturday, killing three in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, in another apparent attack by a member of the Afghan forces against their international allies.
    The shooting […]

  • This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows damaged buildings due to heavy fighting between government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. A Syrian activist group says al-Qaida-linked gunmen have captured a town near the Turkish border after heavy fighting with a rebel group. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

    Al-Qaida Militants Capture Town In Northern Syria

    BEIRUT — Al-Qaida militants seized a town near the Turkish border Thursday after expelling Western-backed rebels from the area, demonstrating the growing power of jihadis as they seek to expand their influence across opposition-held Syrian territory.
    The infighting – now engulfing […]

  • FILE - In this December 17, 2012, file photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during fighting with the Syrian Army in Azaz, Syria. Al-Qaida-linked gunmen in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, following heavy clashes with mainstream, Western-backed rebels in the area, prompting Turkey to close a nearby crossing, activists and Turkish officials said. (AP Photo/Virginie Nguyen Huang, File)

    Al-Qaida Gunmen Seize Town In Northern Syria

    DAMASCUS, Syria — Al-Qaida militants in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border Thursday following heavy clashes with Western-backed rebels, prompting the closure of a nearby frontier crossing, activists and Turkish officials said.
    It was the latest development in […]

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