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FILE - In this July 24, 2019 file photo, then Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks to reporters in Damascus, Syria. President Bashar Assad issued a decree on Sunday Nov. 22, 2020, naming Mekdad as the new foreign minister replacing Walid al-Moallem, a long time diplomat who held the post for more than a decade until he passed away last week. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Syria's Assad names new FM to replace late diplomat

Nov. 22, 2020 11:19 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s President Bashar Assad named a new foreign minister on Sunday, appointing Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad to replace a longtime diplomat who passed away last week after holding the post for more than a decade. Walid al-Moallem died on Nov. 16 at the age of 79....

Israel strikes Syria, killing 3 troops, after finding bombs

Nov. 18, 2020 7:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck Iran-linked targets in Syria overnight after troops uncovered roadside bombs along the frontier in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said Wednesday. Syrian state media said the strikes killed three Syrian soldiers. A Syrian war monitoring group said the...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem gestures as he speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. Al-Moallem, a career diplomat who became one of the country's most prominent faces to the outside world during the uprising against Syria's President Bashar Assad, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. He was 79. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister al-Moallem dies at age 79

Nov. 16, 2020 7:37 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, a career diplomat who became one of the country’s most prominent faces to the outside world during the uprising against President Bashar Assad, died on Monday. He was 79. Al-Moallem, who served as ambassador to Washington for...

FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice, who has been missing in Syria since August 2012, hold up photos of him during a new conference, at the Press Club, in Beirut, Lebanon.   A top Lebanese security official, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020,  that after returning from Washington recently he visited Syria for two days where he spoke with officials about American journalist Austin Tice who has been missing in the war-torn country since 2012.   (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanese general was in Syria over missing American reporter

Nov. 14, 2020 8:17 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A top Lebanese security official said Saturday that he visited Syria for two days to speak with officials there about American journalist Austin Tice, who has been missing in the war-torn country since 2012. Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim did not give further details in an interview with the local...

FILE - In this June 10, 2000 file photo, Syrian mourners wave portraits of President Hafez Assad, right, and his two sons Bashar, center, and Basil who died in a car accident in 1994 to mourn the death of their president, in Damascus, Syria. For fifty years, the Assad family has controlled Syria, overseeing transformations, modernization, uprisings and upheaval while becoming among the most divisive figures of their time. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

In ruins, Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

Nov. 12, 2020 9:44 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — On Nov. 13, 1970, a young air force officer from the coastal hills of Syria launched a bloodless coup. It was the latest in a succession of military takeovers since independence from France in 1946, and there was no reason to think it would be the last. Yet 50 years later, Hafez...

CORRECTS DATE TO NOV. 11, 2020 -- This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad virtually addressing the opening session of a two-day international conference on the return of refugees to Syria, organized by Russia, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The Syrian government is working to secure the return of millions of refugees who fled war in their country, but Western sanctions are hindering the work of state institutions, complicating those plans, Assad said Wednesday. (SANA via AP)

Assad blames West for hindering return of refugees to Syria

Nov. 11, 2020 10:46 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government is working to secure the return of millions of refugees who fled war in their country, but Western sanctions are hindering the work of state institutions, complicating those plans, President Bashar Assad said Wednesday. His comments came at the opening session...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens to Syrian President Bashar Assad, right on screen, during their talks via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

EU snubs Russia-backed event on returning refugees to Syria

Nov. 10, 2020 11:46 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday that it will not take part in an international conference this week on the return of refugees to Syria, insisting that the first priority should be to make it safe for people to go back to the conflict-ravaged country. The two-day conference, organized by...

Turkey pulls out from another base in northwestern Syria

Nov. 10, 2020 7:28 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have pulled out of a second military base in the area that had been surrounded by Syrian government forces, media activists said Tuesday. The pullout from the observation post in Sher Mogher in northern Hama region comes nearly a month after the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens to Syrian President Bashar Assad, right on screen, during their talks via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's Putin says time for Syrian refugees to return home

Nov. 9, 2020 7:31 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Millions of Syrian refugees who fled their country's civil war should start returning home to help rebuild Syria now that large parts of the Arab nation enjoy relative peace, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday. Putin’s comments came in a video call with Syrian...

In this photo provided by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and first lady Asma Assad, center right, speaks with people during his visit to the Producers exhibition, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Assad said much of the current economic distress in Syria is a direct result of the banking crisis in neighboring Lebanon, where many Syrian businessmen have traditionally kept their money. He added that between $20 billion- and $ 42 billion held by Syrians were estimated to be stuck in Lebanese banks.(Syrian Presidency Facebook page via AP)

Assad blames Syria's current economic woes on Lebanese banks

Nov. 5, 2020 8:23 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said much of his country's current economic distress is a direct result of the banking crisis in neighboring Lebanon, where many Syrian businessmen have traditionally kept their money. Assad said that between $20 billion and $42 billion held by Syrians...