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Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide attacks

Apr. 23, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the South Asian island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest. Government ministers have said seven Sri Lankans from a little-known local group...

Lebanon's PM vows strict austerity reforms to avoid crash

Apr. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday that Lebanon is heading toward an economic "catastrophe" unless the government implements strict austerity measures to reduce a ballooning budget deficit and massive national debt. The stark warning came shortly after parliament passed amendments...

Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger

Apr. 16, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians in government-controlled areas who have survived eight years of war now face a new scourge: widespread fuel shortages that have brought life to a halt in major cities. Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas...

Syria says Israeli airstrike on military position wounds 6

Apr. 13, 2019 4:23 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria early Saturday wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, Syria's state news agency SANA reported. SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying the airstrike near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, hit a...

Lebanon to US delegation: Beirut rejects Golan's recognition

Apr. 12, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president has told a visiting American delegation that Beirut rejects the U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights because it includes Lebanese areas annexed by Israel. Michel Aoun told the delegation that included Republican U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger...

AP PHOTOS: Decades on, war-scarred Beirut buildings remain

Apr. 12, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — They are a common sight around Beirut, but their presence barely registers with Lebanese citizens anymore. Nearly 30 years after civil war guns fell silent, dozens of bullet-scarred, shell-pocked buildings are still standing — testimony to a brutal conflict that raged for 15 years and...

Trump's Golan move causes concern in Lebanon for land owners

Apr. 11, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

CHEBAA, Lebanon (AP) — Akram Kanaan looked toward an Israeli military position on a snow-capped mountain that overlooks the village of Chebaa in southern Lebanon, pointing toward the scenic area captured by Israel more than five decades ago. No matter how long it takes, he says, it will eventually return...

Lebanon's Hezbollah warns US pressure on Iran may backfire

Apr. 10, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah on Wednesday called the U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization "stupidity," and warned that the group and its allies may respond to further escalation. Hassan Nasrallah said the Trump...

Lebanon fears for future of disputed territory with Israel

Apr. 9, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president says U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights undermines Lebanon's claim to disputed territory also annexed by Israel. Michel Aoun spoke Tuesday during a press conference with visiting Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. Arab countries...

US labels elite Iran force a foreign terrorist organization

Apr. 8, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, an unprecedented declaration against a foreign government that may prompt retaliation and make it harder for American diplomats and military officers to work with allies in the...