Nearly 4 years on, much of Syrian rebel 'capital' abandoned

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent's apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city.

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  • Written by BASSEM MROUE , Associated Press

Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by Freedom House.

  • Written by By JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press

AP Sources: WH directed Bannon silence in House interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press.

  • Written by By TOM LoBIANCO, ZEKE MILLER and CHAD DAY , Associated Press

GOP senator denounces Trump attacks, recalls Stalin rhetoric

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" is "shameful" and reminiscent of words infamously used by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday.

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  • Written by By MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press