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Building collapse in Beirut suburb kills 4 and rescuers are searching for others

Feb. 20, 2024 11:33 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A building collapsed in a southern suburb of Beirut late Monday, killing four people and injuring three others as rescuers searched for more people under the rubble, a paramedic official said. The building in the suburb of Choueifat crumbled after days of heavy rain....

Interior ministers from 4 Arab countries agree in Jordan that illegal drug trade needs to be tackled

Feb. 17, 2024 12:27 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The interior ministers of four Arab countries held talks in Jordan on Saturday to discuss ways of combatting the illegal drug trade in the region and agreed to set up a joint telecommunications cell to exchange information. The meeting between the interior...

Today in History: February 16, Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba

Feb. 16, 2024 00:14 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2024. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. ...

Cyprus president wants the European Union to discuss designating Syria safe zones for refugees

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union won't serve its own best interests if it doesn’t consider designating some parts of Syria as safe zones so refugees and migrants can return there, the president of Cyprus said Monday. President Nikos Christodoulides said Cyprus is...

An Israeli drone strike in Lebanon kills 2 in one of the deepest hits inside the country in weeks

Feb. 10, 2024 15:57 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli drone struck a car near Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon on Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding two others, security officials said. The strike came as tensions across the Middle East grow with the Israel-Hamas war, a drone attack last...

Syria says Israeli airstrikes over Homs have killed and wounded civilians

Feb. 07, 2024 08:00 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli airstrikes over Syria's central city of Homs and nearby areas killed and wounded civilians, the Syrian military said Wednesday without giving details. There was no immediate comment from Israel. The strikes come as tensions across the Middle East grow...

UN envoy warns more attacks on Iraq threaten its hard-won stability

Feb. 06, 2024 18:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq’s government is focused on avoiding a domestic or regional spillover of the Israel-Hamas war but continuing attacks on the country threaten its hard-won stability, the U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Tuesday. With the war raging in Gaza, Jeanine...

US moves to seize more than 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil it says was illegally trafficked

Feb. 02, 2024 15:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Friday that it was seizing more than 500,000 barrels of internationally sanctioned Iranian fuel that officials said was illegally trafficked to provide funding for the country's paramilitary force. In addition, prosecutors...

The UAE ambassador to Syria takes post in Damascus after nearly 13 years of cut ties

Jan. 30, 2024 20:24 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The first United Arab Emirates ambassador to Damascus in nearly 13 years took up his post on Tuesday as Syria has been reintegrating into mainstream regional acceptance. Syrian state media said the country’s Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad received...

How to strike back after deadly drone attack? US has many options, but must weigh consequences

Jan. 30, 2024 18:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has made it clear the U.S. will strike back after a deadly drone attack killed three service members and wounded more than 40 at a small base in Jordan over the weekend. What isn't yet clear is who will be hit, where, and how hard. Biden has a...