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Landmark Paris trial of Syrian officials accused of torturing, killing a father and his son starts

May. 21, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The landmark trial of three former Syrian intelligence officials began Tuesday at a Paris court for the alleged torture and killing of a French-Syrian father and son who were arrested over a decade ago, during the height of Arab Spring-inspired anti-government protests. ...

France is trying Syrian ex-officials for the torture and killing of a father and son. Here's why

May. 21, 2024 04:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Syrian soldiers came first, at night, for the son, Patrick, a 20-year-old psychology student at Damascus University, and said they were taking him away for questioning. They came back the next night for his father, Mazen. Five years later, in 2018,...

US intelligence suggests American who vanished in Syria in 2017 has died, daughter says she was told

May. 18, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have developed specific and highly credible intelligence suggesting that an American citizen who disappeared seven years ago while traveling in Syria has died, the man's daughter said Saturday. Maryam Kamalmaz said in an interview with The...

Protests against powerful group persist in Syria's last major rebel stronghold

May. 17, 2024 14:40 PM EDT

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — Members of a powerful insurgent group in Syria 's rebel-held northwest fired into the air and beat protesters with clubs Friday, injuring some of them as protests intensified to demand the release of detainees and an end to the group's rule. Protests took place...

8 EU members say conditions in Syria should be reassessed to allow voluntary refugee returns

May. 17, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The governments of eight European Union member states said Friday the situation in Syria should be re-evaluated to allow for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees back to their homeland. In a joint statement, officials from Austria, the Czech Republic,...

Hundreds of Syrian refugees head home as anti-refugee sentiment surges in Lebanon

May. 14, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — More than 300 Syrian refugees headed back home to Syria in a convoy on Tuesday, leaving two remote northeastern towns in crisis-stricken Lebanon where anti-refugee sentiment has been surging in recent months. Lebanese officials have long urged the...

Syria's Kurdish-led force hands over 2 IS militants suspected in 2014 mass killing of Iraqi troops

May. 10, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force has handed over to Baghdad two Islamic State group militants suspected of involvement in mass killings of Iraqi soldiers in 2014, a war monitor said Friday. The report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came a day after...

Scores of Syrians return home after years at camp housing people linked to the Islamic State group

May. 08, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (AP) — Scores of Syrian women and children linked to the Islamic State group left a sprawling camp in northeast Syria Wednesday and headed home to the eastern province of Deir el-Zour following mediation by tribal leaders. The latest batch of people to leave...

Iran and the UN nuclear agency are still discussing how to implement a 2023 deal on inspections

May. 07, 2024 13:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran and the United Nations' nuclear watchdog are still negotiating over how to implement a deal struck last year to expand inspections of the Islamic Republic's rapidly advancing atomic program, officials said Tuesday. The acknowledgment by the International...

US repatriates 11 citizens from notorious camp for relatives of Islamic State militants in Syria

May. 07, 2024 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United States has repatriated 11 of its citizens from sprawling camps in northeastern Syria that house tens of thousands of family members of suspected Islamic State militants, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. The repatriation was the largest Washington has...