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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Damascus, Syria. Assad interrupted a speech he was giving to Parliament after he suffered a brief drop in blood pressure, the Syrian presidency said Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The presidency said the apparently pre-recorded speech was halted for “several minutes” because of a “mild” case of low blood pressure he suffered, after which he continued the speech as normal. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Syria: President Assad suffers brief drop in blood pressure

Aug. 12, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad interrupted a speech he was giving to parliament after he suffered a brief drop in blood pressure, the Syrian presidency said Wednesday. The office said the speech was halted for “several minutes” because of a “mild” case of...

FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is the only major candidate in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, virtually guaranteeing he will be sworn in as Hawaii's newest congressman in January. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Correction: Election 2020-Hawaii House story

Aug. 6, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In a story August 2, 2020, about the Hawaii Primary election, The Associated Press erroneously reported that U.S. House candidate Kai Kahele would be the third Native Hawaiian elected to Congress, if elected. Kahele would be the second Native Hawaiian in Congress since statehood. Five...

Israeli soldiers work on tanks in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, not far from Lebanon border, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Lebanon's prime minister has accused Israel of provoking a

Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Aug. 3, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian army Monday night, hours after thwarting an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants trying to plant explosives, the Israeli military said. In a rare statement...

This photo provided by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and Russia's special presidential envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, left, both wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (Syrian Presidency Facebook page via AP)

US slaps sanctions on Syrian president's eldest son

Jul. 29, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on President Bashar Assad's eldest son, Hafez, keeping up pressure on the Syrian leader and his inner circle. Separately, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it had imposed sanctions on prominent Syrian businessman Wassim al-Qattan...

Anti-Hezbollah protesters hold banners with the U.N. Resolution 1559, which was adopted in Sept., 2004, that called for disarmament all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias, during a sit-in against Hezbollah and Iran in front the United Nations headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Israel says it thwarts Hezbollah infiltration attempt

Jul. 27, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Monday said it thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah militants — setting off one of the heaviest exchanges of fire along the volatile Israel-Lebanon frontier since a 2006 war between the bitter enemies. Neither side reported casualties during a battle...

Israeli drone crashes in Lebanon amid tensions with Syria

Jul. 26, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said a military drone crashed in southern Lebanon on Sunday as regional tensions ran high, days after a series of cross-border exchanges between Israel and Syria and the killing of a Hezbollah militant in an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital. The Israeli military issued the...

US military chief visits Israel amid tensions with Iran

Jul. 24, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The top U.S. general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to discuss “regional security challenges” at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and its allies across the Middle East. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, met with senior Israeli military...

Map shows the path between Tehran and Beirut where a fighter jet was accused of harassing a passenger plane; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;

Iran slams interception by US jet over Syria as 'illegal'

Jul. 24, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian officials on Friday slammed the interception of an Iranian passenger plane by a U.S. fighter jet in the skies over Syria the previous day as “illegal,” threatening action against Washington over the incident. Iran had said that one of its airliners, flying from...

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma vote at a polling station in the parliamentary elections in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, July 19, 2020. Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus amid an increase of cases in recent days. (Syrian Presidency via AP)

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

Jul. 19, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011. It has...

Blast kills 5, wounds dozens in rebel-held north Syria

Jul. 19, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion rocked a rebel-held area in northern Syria across the border from Turkey late Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens, opposition activists and Turkish state media reported. The car bomb went off near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, the reports...