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Airstrike on Syria's main rebel enclave kills 2 paramedics

Jun. 26, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit an ambulance in northwest Syria on Wednesday, killing two members of the opposition's Syrian Civil Defense and wounding four others in the last major rebel stronghold in the country, Civil Defense and opposition activists said. The Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets,...

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...

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...

2 ambulance workers killed in strikes on Syria rebel enclave

Jun. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescuers say at least two ambulance workers and several other civilians, including children, have been killed in government airstrikes in the last rebel stronghold in the country's northwest. The Syrian Civil Defense, known as White Helmets, said Thursday's airstrikes killed 16,...

Database says 91,600 killed in Yemen fighting since 2015

Jun. 19, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's civil war has killed at least 91,600 people so far, a database tracking violence said Wednesday, presenting a new estimate after completing reporting for the first months of fighting in 2015. The conflict began with the 2014 takeover over of northern and central Yemen by the...

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...

Syrian insurgents shell government-held rural area, kill 12

Jun. 17, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian insurgents fired rockets into residential parts of the government-held northern province of Aleppo, striking a wedding party and killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 15, state media said Monday. The attack late Sunday took place in the village of Wadehi, south of Aleppo...

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...

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said. Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a...

Record number of South Sudanese face critical lack of food

Jun. 14, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A record number of people in South Sudan face a critical lack of food. A new report by the government and the United Nations says almost seven million people, or more than 60% of the population, are at risk. The report released Friday says almost two million people are near starvation nine...