In this citizen journalism image provided by the United media office of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, black smoke leaps the air from government forces shelling in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/United media office of Arbeen)

UN: 7 million Syrians displaced by civil war

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Seven million Syrians, or nearly one-third of the population, have been displaced by the country’s civil war, but international aid to t...…
In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 aerial photo, workers stand on storage tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. The Japanese nuclear watchdog proposed Wednesday to define a fresh leakage of highly radioactive leak from one of the hundreds of storage tanks at Japan’s crippled atomic power plant this week, its worst leak yet from such a vessel. The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant said Tuesday said about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of contaminated water have leaked from a steel storage tank at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. TEPCO hasn’t figured out how or where the water leaked, but suspects it did so through a seam on the tank or a valve connected to a gutter around the tank. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

More tank leaks found at Japan nuke plant

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s top nuclear regulator raised safety concerns Monday about hastily built storage tanks and their foundations after signs of more leaks of r...…
In this undated photo released by Janine Gibson of The Guardian, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, right, and his partner David Miranda, are shown together at an unknown location. Miranda, the partner of Greenwald, a journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, was detained for nearly nine hours Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, under anti-terror legislation at Heathrow Airport, triggering claims that authorities are trying to interfere with reporting on the issue. (AP Photo/Janine Gibson, the Guardian) CREDIT MANDATORY

Report: NSA spied on leaders of Brazil, Mexico

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The National Security Agency’s spy program targeted the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, and in the case of Mexico...…
President Barack Obama makes a statement about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kerry says case for US attack on Syria building

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A top Syrian government official on Sunday dismissed the Obama administration as confused and hesitant, even as Secretary of State John Kerry s...…
The convoy of U.N. experts cross into Lebanon at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, eastern Bekaa valley, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. The U.N. experts investigating last week’s alleged chemical weapons strike outside Damascus left Syria early Saturday and crossed into neighboring Lebanon, departing hours after President Barack Obama said he is weighing “limited and narrow” action against a Syrian regime that the administration has bluntly accused of launching the deadly attack. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

UN asks for accelerated testing of Syria samples

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has asked the head of its chemical weapons inspection team to expedite the analysis of tests from samples collected from Syria...…
In this image from video U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks from the State Department in Washington Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, making a case for U.S. intervention in Syria. Kerry appeared at State in a series of interviews for Sunday news shows to say the case for intervention in Syria's two-and-a-half-year civil war was strengthening each day and that he expected American lawmakers to recognize the need for action when the "credibility of the United States is on the line." (AP Photo/APTN)

Citing sarin use, US seeks to bolster Syria case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Sunday confidently predicted congressional backing for limited military action in Syria and asserted that the Assad g...…
An ambulance transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the home of the former statesman in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Mandela has been in hospital for more than two months fighting a recurring lung infection. (AP Photo / Denis Farrell)

Mandela discharged from hospital, returns home

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela went home in an ambulance on Sunday after nearly three months in a hospital that became the focus of a global outpouring of concern, b...…
President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office with Vice President Joe Biden, right, after making a statement about the crisis in Syria in the White House Rose Garden in Washington Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Obama said he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he said he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Lawmakers begin to grapple with Syria question

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress, abruptly handed exactly the war powers many had demanded, grappled Saturday with whether to sign off on President Barack Obama...…
President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Washington. Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama seeking congressional OK for Syria action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delaying what had loomed as an imminent strike, President Barack Obama abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before lau...…
In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians search under rubble to rescue people from houses that were destroyed by a Syrian government warplane, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. United Nations experts are investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria as the United States and its allies prepare for the possibility of a punitive strike against President Bashar Assad's regime, blamed by the Syrian opposition for the attack. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders says at least 355 people were killed in the Aug. 21 attack in a suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

US says Syrian chemical attack killed 1,429

WASHINGTON (AP) — Edging toward a retaliatory strike, the Obama administration bluntly accused the Syrian government Friday of launching a chemical weapons attack...…
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power talks with British delegate Michael Tatham in the United Nations Security Council, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Inspection team in Syria is expected to complete its work Friday and report to him Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without broad international support or i...…
In this image taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, front left, stands to speak to the assembled parliament during a debate on Syria, in Britain's parliament, London, Thursday Aug. 29, 2013. Britain's leaders said Thursday it would be legal under humanitarian doctrine to launch a military strike against Syria even without authorization from the United Nations Security Council, but it is not certain how much support there is for the government's resolution on Syria. (AP Photo / PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guaran...…
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest answers reporters questions in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, where he talked about Syria and the use of chemical weapons as the administration debates what action to take. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US readies possible solo action against Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Bri...…