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Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences

Sep. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said. Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions — most recently last year — since Syria's crisis...

UN chief launches Syria inquiry amid protests over secrecy

Sep. 13, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres selected a Nigerian general Friday to lead a U.N. investigation into attacks on hospitals and other civilian sites in Syria's last opposition stronghold in the northwest amid protests that its findings will be kept secret. U.N. spokesman Stephane...

Today in History

Sep. 11, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2019. There are 111 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 11, 2001, America faced an unprecedented day of terror as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into New York's...

Report: Over 120 Syrian churches damaged by war since 2011

Sep. 9, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war monitor associated with the opposition said Monday that over 120 Christian places of worship have been damaged or destroyed by all sides in the country's eight-year conflict. Some of the attacks were deliberate, such as the Islamic State group using bulldozers to destroy the...

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

Sep. 7, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium "much more beyond" current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms....

Caught in limbo, families of Syria's missing cling to hope

Sep. 5, 2019 2:10 AM EDT

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Six months after he was snatched from a road in central Syria, Iyad Suleiman was allowed by his kidnappers to make a Skype video call home. His children were startled at how he looked — skinny and exhausted, with a long beard. He told his wife to keep talking with his captors and...

US, allied Kurdish force conduct patrol on Syrian border

Sep. 4, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. troops and an allied Syrian militia conducted a joint patrol Wednesday in a town on the border with Turkey, a Kurdish news agency and a Syria war monitor reported. The move appeared to be part of an agreement to set up a safe zone along Syria's northeast border. Turkey sees the Syrian...

Syrian father who lost twins to poison gas uprooted again

Sep. 3, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When Abdel Hamid al-Yousef lost his 9-month-old twins in the poison gas attack that hit the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, the world witnessed his heartbreak and grief in the video of him cradling their lifeless bodies in his arms, bidding them farewell in the chaotic aftermath...

Calm prevails on Lebanon-Israel border day after brief clash

Sep. 2, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

MAROUN EL-RAS, Lebanon (AP) — The Lebanon-Israel border was mostly calm with U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the border on Monday, a day after the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into Israel in response to earlier attacks, triggering Israeli artillery fire. The missile...