Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

DARAYA, Syria (AP) — Escorted by armed troops, dozens of insurgents and their families left this war-wrecked suburb of the Syrian capital on Friday as part of a forced evacuation deal struck with the government to end a four-year siege and aerial campaign that has left the area in ruins.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

US, Russia fall short on deal to restore Syria truce

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia said Friday they had resolved a number of issues standing in the way of restoring a nationwide truce to Syria and opening up aid deliveries, but were unable once again to forge a comprehensive agreement on stepping up cooperation to end the brutal war that has killed hundreds of thousands.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Lawmakers call Maine governor unhinged after obscene tirade

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's bombastic Republican governor has built a reputation on his unfiltered comments, but his obscene tirade unleashed on a liberal lawmaker prompted Democratic lawmakers Friday to warn that the governor was coming unhinged and to call for a political intervention.

  • Written by MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press