Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA and ZEINA KARAM , Associated Press

Manafort-linked lobbying firm registers as foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington lobbying firm that worked under the direction of Paul Manafort's firm registered Friday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent — the same day a spokesman for Manafort backed off his previous statement that Manafort had decided to register.

  • Written by JEFF HORWITZ, CHAD DAY and STEPHEN BRAUN , Associated Press

Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though he named Michael Flynn to be his top national security aide, President Donald Trump on Friday laid the blame for any flaws in Flynn's vetting at the feet of his predecessor.

  • Written by CHAD DAY , Associated Press

Russian rallies urge Putin not to run again; dozens arrested

MOSCOW (AP) — Under the slogan "I'm fed up," demonstrators urging Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term rallied in cities across Russia on Saturday. Dozens were arrested in St. Petersburg and elsewhere.

  • Written by JIM HEINTZ , Associated Press