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Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Jun. 22, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 12 barrel...

German chancellor says migration meeting a 'first exchange'

Jun. 22, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said an upcoming meeting of European leaders in Brussels would be a "first exchange" toward finding solutions and agreements to problems connected with migration. Speaking at a press conference in the Lebanese capital, she characterized Sunday's...

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

Jun. 21, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of "serious repercussions" for the violations. The U.S.,...

Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

Jun. 21, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. She arrived later in the Lebanese capital Beirut, another major Middle Eastern refugee host...

No easy path: Complex mass migration, politics reshape globe

Jun. 20, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Lined up before dawn, dozens of migrants outside a government office in Italy jostled to be one of the handful allowed inside to request asylum Wednesday. The journeys that brought them to Rome and the sleepless nights wondering if they would be allowed to stay was being repeated in cities and...

EU adopts package to Lebanon to help it cope with refugees

Jun. 20, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union has adopted a support package to Lebanon of 165 million euros ($191 million) to help the country cope with hosting Syrian refugees. In a statement released Wednesday to mark World Refugee Day, the EU said the package aims to support Lebanon's public education and social...

Bahrain's opposition slams case against leading figure

Jun. 19, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Bahraini opposition group and human rights organizations warned Tuesday that the government's case against the country's leading Shiite opposition figure contains "tampered evidence." Ebrahim Sarhan, a legal adviser for the defense of Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary-general of Al-Wefaq, said...

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension

Jun. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets Tuesday over rebel-held parts of the country's south calling on civilians to help the military clear the area of militants amid an increase of violence in the region that was among the first to rise against the government seven years ago. The...

Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

Jun. 18, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraqi Shiite forces and Syria accused the United States on Monday of targeting their troops inside Syria with an airstrike, a charge the U.S. denied but that ratcheted up tensions in the area. Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the units' umbrella organization, said in a...

Lebanon wants UN to facilitate return of Syrian refugees

Jun. 14, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's caretaker foreign minister threatened Thursday to increase pressure on the U.N. refugee agency if it does not change its policies, which he says discourage Syrian refugees from returning to their country. Gibran Bassil made his comments in Geneva following a meeting with Filippo...