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FILE - This Dec. 11, 2016, file image made from militant video posted online by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, purports to show a general view of the ancient ruins of the city of Palmyra, in Homs province, Syria. Islamic State group militant destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the amphitheater in Syria’s historic town of Palmyra, the Syrian government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Militant Video via AP, File)

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday. It was the extremist group's latest attack on world heritage, an act that the U.N. cultural agency called a ...

US airstrike said to kill 100-plus al-Qaida in Syria

U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama's presidency, the Pentagon said Friday. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the camp in Idlib province had been active since ...

Turkish army: IS attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Syria

The Islamic State group on Friday killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a car bomb attack in a northern Syrian town, Turkey's military said. A military statement said the attack occurred in the village of Sulfaniyeh, near Al-Bab, a town that opposition Syrian fighters with Turkish backing ...

Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks about the flow of refugees which is marked red on the screen behind him on the fourth day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The Latest: UK's Hammond puts some Brexit blame on Blair

The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 3.10 p.m. Britain's Treasury chief, Philip Hammond, says the former prime minister, Tony Blair, is partly responsible for the country's vote to leave the European Union for failing to introduce measures to limit the flow of people ...

Syrians walk through the destruction in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Last month, government forces captured all parts of eastern Aleppo, brining Syria's largest city to full control of Syrian authorities for the first time since July 2012. The capture of Aleppo was President Bashar Assad's biggest victory since the country's crisis began nearly six years ago. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

UNESCO: 30 percent of Aleppo's ancient city destroyed

UNESCO says about a third of the ancient city of Aleppo has been destroyed during the war in Syria. The United Nations cultural organization conducted an emergency mission in Aleppo from between Monday and Thursday this week to assess damage at the World Heritage Site and reported "extensive damage" at ...

Up to 117 civilians died in strikes during Obama presidency

As many as 117 civilians have been killed in drone and other counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere during President Barack Obama's presidency, according to a report released late Thursday by U.S. intelligence officials. It was the second public assessment the Obama administration has issued in response to mounting ...

Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin celebrates after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. TRUMP READIES FOR HIS BIG MOMENT The president-elect sweeps into Washington on the eve of his inauguration, pledging to unify a nation sorely divided and clamoring for change. 2. NOTORIOUS CARTEL KINGPIN ...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2006, file photo, the sign used as the backdrop for press briefings at the U.S. Department of State is seen before a news conference at the State Department in Washington. It’s a little more than a day before Donald Trump becomes president and he still has no one ready to run American diplomacy until his nominee is confirmed. And with Russian-sponsored Syrian peace talks scheduled on Trump’s first full business day in office, the State Department doesn’t know who if anyone to send. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on

President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday. The officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department. ...

FILE - This undated handout file photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers driving in their APCs to operate in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rebels are sending representatives next week to the capital of Kazakhstan for talks with government representatives. With the loss of Aleppo, the election of Donald Trump and the pivot of Turkey toward Russia, the opposition has very little room to maneuver. Without much foreign support and with the wider rebellion in crisis, the opposition will be negotiating for scraps.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP, File)

With little room to maneuver, Syria's rebels head for talks

Syrian rebels are sending more than a dozen representatives next week to the capital of Kazakhstan for talks with government representatives, the first such negotiations between the two sides in a year. But the loss of Aleppo, the election of Donald Trump and the pivot of Turkey toward Russia has ...

US bombers strike 2 Islamic State camps in Libya

U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers attacked a pair of Islamic State military camps in Libya, killing more than 80 fighters in an unusual mission that may have marked the final demonstration of military force of President Barack Obama's global counterterrorism campaign. The militants targeted in the airstrikes included Islamic State ...

Iraqi special forces soldier scan the area from the roof of Nineveh Hotel on the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Iraqi forces have taken control of Mosul's iconic Hotel Nineveh, a once-proud five-star hotel that was the last holdout of government troops when the city fell to the Islamic State group in 2014. (AP Photo/ Mstyslav Chernov)

Report: IS lost a quarter of its territory in 2016

Researchers say the Islamic State group lost nearly a quarter of its territory last year, as an array of forces pressured it on multiple fronts in Syria and Iraq. In a report published Thursday, IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center called the territorial losses "unprecedented" and predicted IS militants would ...

Pro-government supporters hold up the national Syrian flag and pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad at a gathering at Saadallah al-Jabiri Square in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Shells slammed into the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday as thousands of government supporters gathered in the main square to celebrate last month's capture of the whole city by the army leading to a disperse by the gathering. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Shelling kills 2 in Aleppo as Assad supporters celebrate

Rebel shells slammed into the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday, killing two people as thousands of government supporters gathered in a main square nearby to celebrate last month's capture of the city's eastern neighborhoods. The shells struck a few kilometers (miles) from Saadallah al-Jabiri Square, where nationalist music was ...

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter holds a Marine Corps Ka-Bar fighting knife while being interviewed in his Pentagon office, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The knife was given to him earlier in the day by his Senior Miltary Assistant Marine Brig. Gen. Eric Smith and was carried by Smith on all of his deployments. Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military’s key advantages, Carter said in an Associated Press interview. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Carter tells AP more US troops will not fix Iraq or Syria

Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military's key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an Associated Press interview. ...

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos arrives before testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Florida Rep. Rutherford still in hospital

The Latest on Congress (all times EST): 6:05 p.m. A congressman from Florida remains hospitalized one week after being wheeled from the Capitol in a stretcher. Rep. John Rutherford's chief of staff says doctors are pleased with his recovery but they want to eliminate all of the inflammation that resulted ...

FILE - In this July 26, 2016 file photo, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congresswoman Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy. The Hawaii congresswoman has frequently challenged President Barack Obama on national security issues. In the meeting with Trump, she ...

UN Ambassador-designate, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, arrives for a  meeting with Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Haley supports moving US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley declared her support for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a shift firmly endorsed by Donald Trump but one that could trigger increased violence in the Middle East. Haley, Trump's pick to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, ...

A member of the media uses his mobile phone to take pictures of belongings including banknotes of different currencies on a bed inside the flat where a suspect of New Year's Day nightclub attack was arrested during an overnight police raid, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Turkish police said they captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying Tuesday that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Turkey rounds up 27 with links to suspected nightclub gunman

Turkish police rounded up 27 people linked to the suspected gunman in Istanbul's New Year's Eve nightclub attack and the justice minister said Wednesday that the capture of the suspect will lead to a better understanding of the Islamic State group's operations in Turkey. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Abdulkadir ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Moldovan President Igor Dodon in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP)

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump

President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration Tuesday, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimacy with fake allegations and "binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises." In his first public remarks about an unsubstantiated dossier outlining unverified ...

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a press conference at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Iran's president has compared talk of renegotiating its nuclear accord to "converting a shirt back to cotton," and says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's talk of doing so is "mainly slogans." (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran's president welcomes Syria talks planned for next week

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that he hopes talks planned for next week can mark the beginning of the end of the civil war in Syria, where Tehran has provided crucial military and financial support to the government. Russia's foreign minister meanwhile said Moscow would invite representatives of the ...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, holds a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Lavrov is meeting with representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia hopes for pragmatic dialogue with US under Trump

Moscow hopes for better relations with the United States based on respect for mutual interests once Donald Trump takes office, in contrast with the "messianic" approach of the outgoing administration that has ravaged ties, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sergey Lavrov said that Russia and the United States can reach ...

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