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German court rules in migration case that there's no general danger now to all civilians in Syria

Jul. 23, 2024 10:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that there is no longer a general danger to all civilians from the long-running conflict in Syria, rejecting a claim to protected status by a Syrian man who had been convicted in Austria for involvement in smuggling people into Europe. The...

UN envoy warns that threat of terrorism is `resurging' with attacks by Islamic State extremists

Jul. 22, 2024 19:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy for Syria told the Security Council on Monday that the threat of terrorism is “resurging” with attacks by Islamic State extremists set to double this year, endangering civilians already facing a “protracted state of displacement and dire humanitarian...

Syrian President Assad's Baath Party clinches control of parliament, election results show

Jul. 18, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — The results of Syria’s parliamentary elections, announced Thursday, showed that President Bashar Assad’s Baath Party has won a majority of seats, as expected. The elections for 250 parliamentary seats were held Monday at 8,151 centers in government-held areas of...

Syrian official who oversaw prison where alleged abuse took place arrested by US officials

Jul. 17, 2024 20:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Syrian military official who oversaw a prison where human rights officials say torture and abuse routinely took place has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents took Samir Ousman al-Sheikh into custody last...

Islamic State attacks on track to double in Iraq and Syria compared to last year, US military says

Jul. 17, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is trying "to reconstitute” as the number of attacks in Syria and Iraq is on track to double this year, compared to the year before. IS claimed 153 attacks in the two countries in the first six...

The Latest | An Israeli drone strike kills a prominent Syrian businessman with close ties to Assad

Jul. 16, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

An Israeli drone strike on a car Monday near the Lebanon-Syria border killed a prominent Syrian businessman who was sanctioned by the United States and had close ties to the government of Syria’s President Bashar Assad, according to pro-government media and an official from an Iran-backed group....

Syrians vote for their next parliament, which may pave the way for Assad to extend his rule

Jul. 15, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians voted for members of a new parliament in an election Monday that was expected to hold few surprises but could pave the way for a constitutional amendment to extend the term of President Bashar Assad. The vote is the fourth in Syria since mass...

Israeli drone strike along Lebanon-Syria border kills Syrian businessman close to the government

Jul. 15, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli drone strike on a car Monday near the Lebanon-Syria border killed a prominent Syrian businessman who was sanctioned by the United States and had close ties to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to pro-government media and an official from an...

UN chief urges funds for Palestinians, saying Israel is forcing Gazans 'to move like human pinballs'

Jul. 13, 2024 01:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief appealed for funding Friday for the beleaguered U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East, accusing Israel of issuing evacuation orders that force Palestinians “to move like human pinballs across a landscape...

A rapprochement between Syria and Turkey is on the table. Here's what it might mean for the region

Jul. 12, 2024 06:35 AM EDT

ANKARA (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Assad have recently signaled that they are interested in restoring diplomatic ties that have been ruptured for more than a decade. Erdogan has said that he hopes to arrange a meeting with Assad soon...