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FILE - In this July 25, 2006, file photo, Lebanese refugees at the Syrian-Lebanese border crossing at Jdaidet Yabous talk with their relatives in Lebanon through mobile phones provided free by Syrian telecommunication company Syriatel. The unprecedented public crackdown on Syria's wealthiest businessman Rami Makhlouf, a close cousin of Bashar Assad, comes as the embattled president seeks to consolidate power and rein in war profiteers. Syria is preparing for a new phase of economic hardship and U.S.-led sanctions that some say might be more difficult to weather than war. (AP Photo/ Bassem Tellawi, File)

Syria's Assad seeks to control economy, goes after cousin

Jun. 4, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — On a summer day last year, presidential guards drove out of the charity organization founded by Syria’s wealthiest businessman and a close cousin of President Bashar Assad, carting away boxes of documents and computers. At the same time, the charity’s director was being...

Syria says new wave of US sanctions is 'economic terrorism'

Jun. 3, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government condemned Wednesday a new wave of U.S. sanctions against the country, calling the measures “economic terrorism” that will increase the suffering of the Syrian people. A Foreign Ministry statement said Washington's so-called Caesar Syria Civilian...

FILE - In this April 24, 2010, file photo, Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad and one of that country's wealthiest businessmen, attends an event to inaugurate a hotel project in Damascus, Syria. In a homemade video posted on Facebook late Thursday, April 30, 2020, Makhlouf pleads with the Syrian leader to help prevent the collapse of his telecommunications company through excessive and

Syrian stock market halts trading for Assad cousin's company

Jun. 2, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s stock market on Tuesday suspended trading for the largest cellular company in the country, owned by a cousin of the president and one of Syria’s richest businessmen. The decision by the Syrian Commission of Financial Markets and Securities marked another development in...

EU renews Syria sanctions with conflict in its 10th year

May. 28, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council, headquarters...

Turkey: Soldier killed in explosion in Syria's Idlib

May. 27, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry has announced the death of a Turkish soldier in Idlib, the last rebel-held territory in northwest Syria. In a statement Wednesday, the ministry said the soldier was wounded in an explosion and died later in a hospital. It said the explosion took place in an...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

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FILE - In this April 24, 2010, file photo, Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad and one of that country's wealthiest businessmen, attends an event to inaugurate a hotel project in Damascus, Syria. In a homemade video posted on Facebook late Thursday, April 30, 2020, Makhlouf pleads with the Syrian leader to help prevent the collapse of his telecommunications company through excessive and

Syria bars Assad's cousin from travel amid financial dispute

May. 22, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian court has ordered a travel ban on the cousin of the country's president and one of its wealthiest businessmen in the latest measure to contain a financial dispute that has pried open divisions in the Assad family. The decision was published on the Syrian Justice Ministry's Facebook...

FILE - In this April 24, 2010, file photo, Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad and one of that country's wealthiest businessmen, attends an event to inaugurate a hotel project in Damascus, Syria. In a homemade video posted on Facebook late Thursday, April 30, 2020, Makhlouf pleads with the Syrian leader to help prevent the collapse of his telecommunications company through excessive and

Cousin of Syria's Assad says state confiscates his assets

May. 19, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — One of Syria’s wealthiest businessmen who is a cousin of President Bashar Assad said Tuesday the government has ordered the seizure of his assets and barred him from doing business with the state for five years, escalating a dispute that has been deeply mixed in family affairs. The...

A man carries Syrian Independence flag as Turkish soldiers block a road after a nearby explosion outside the city of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

UN envoy calls for Russia-US talks to help end Syrian war

May. 18, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria called Monday for talks between Russia and the United States to help end the more than nine-year-old war, saying the two major powers could play “a key role.” Geir Pedersen’s encouragement to Moscow and Washington to take a leading...

One of the defendants, Anwar R. (57), sits in the dock of the Higher Regional Court behind Corona protective screens, hiding his face under a hood in Koblenz, Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Two former members of Syria's secret police go on trial Thursday in Germany accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where large numbers of opposition protesters were tortured.(Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)

Former Syrian secret police officer testifies he's innocent

May. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A former Syrian secret police colonel testified in a German court Monday that he was not involved in the torture of opponents of the regime of President Bashar Assad, in the first war crimes trial outside Syria linked to the country’s years-long conflict. Anwar R., 57, is accused of...