Latest Bashar Assad News

The Latest: France's Macron warns against rising tensions

Jun. 25, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 9:55 p.m. France's President Emmanuel Macron has spoken by phone with his Iranian counterpart in what his office says is an effort to avoid a "dangerous escalation" of tensions in...

Helsinki, Mueller shadowing upcoming Trump, Putin meeting

Jun. 24, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The shadow of Helsinki lingers. Uncertainties about Russia's past and future election interference continue. And tensions are high over hot spots from Iran to Venezuela. When President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet this week on the sidelines of an international...

The Latest: Pompeo talks to UAE leader about countering Iran

Jun. 24, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 10:40 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with Abu Dhabi's influential crown prince to sell the Trump administration's idea for maritime security in the Persian Gulf,...

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...

UN aid chief says 'humanitarian disaster' unfolding in Idlib

Jun. 18, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief declared Tuesday that "a humanitarian disaster" is unfolding in Syria's last rebel-held territory where Bashar Assad's forces have launched an offensive, ending a cease-fire negotiated by Turkey and Russia in September. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

Q&A: A look at the standoff between the US and Iran

Jun. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

Hostilities are heating up between the United States and Iran and while President Donald Trump says he's not looking to go to war with Tehran, it's unclear how the standoff can be resolved. Here's a look at what's behind the mounting tension and what's at stake for both sides, as well as U.S. allies in Europe and...

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attack

Jun. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Syrian government forces "deliberately" attacked on Sunday a Turkish military observation post in northwestern Syria. In a statement, the defense ministry said Turkish troops responded with "heavy weapons" after the artillery attack in Idlib province. Syrian forces launched an...

Turkish post in Syria's Idlib hit by mortar fire; 3 wounded

Jun. 13, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Syria on Thursday that it would respond if attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib province continue, after a Turkish observation post in the region was attacked by mortar shells, which Turkey's Defense Ministry said were fired from areas under Syrian government control. A...

Tensions force evacuation of Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

Jun. 9, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

DEIR AL-AHMAR, Lebanon (AP) — Dozens of Syrian refugees dismantled their tents, filled trucks with belongings and left a camp they lived in for years in eastern Lebanon on Sunday after local authorities ordered them to evacuate in the aftermath of a brawl with local firefighters. Lebanese officials say the...