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Putin hosts Iranian president for Kremlin talks

Jan. 19, 2022 11:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Wednesday, hailing the two countries' cooperation on the crisis in Syria and other international issues. Greeting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the start of their talks at the Kremlin, Putin noted...

Jordanian officer dead after Syria border clash with gunmen

Jan. 16, 2022 11:28 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's military said Sunday that an army officer was killed in a shootout with smugglers on the country's northern border with Syria. A Jordanian military website said Capt. Muhammad Yassin Musa al-Khudayrat was killed and three others were injured when a...

Today in History

Jan. 15, 2022 00:03 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2022. There are 350 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River...

UN hails landmark conviction of senior Syrian official

Jan. 13, 2022 13:13 PM EST

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — A former Syrian secret police officer was convicted by a German court Thursday of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago, a ruling the top United Nations human rights official described as “historic.” ...

For victims, Syria torture trial is 1st step toward justice

Jan. 12, 2022 12:29 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Victims of torture in Syria and human rights activists say they hope the upcoming verdict in a landmark trial will be a first step toward justice for countless Syrians who suffered abuse at the hands of President Bashar Assad’s government in the country’s long-running conflict....

West: Syria must answer 20 questions on its chemical weapons

Jan. 05, 2022 22:19 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western nations accused Syria on Wednesday of refusing for eight years to clear up 20 outstanding issues about its undeclared research, production and possible weaponization of unknown quantities of chemical weapons. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield...

Series of attacks highlights reach of Iran-allied militias

Jan. 03, 2022 10:28 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels seized a ship in the Red Sea, armed drones targeted Baghdad's international airport, and hackers hit a major Israeli newspaper Monday — a string of assaults that showed the reach of Iran-allied militias on the second anniversary of...

Bahrain names its first ambassador to Syria in over a decade

Dec. 30, 2021 12:46 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Bahrain appointed on Thursday its first ambassador to Syria in more than a decade, the island nation's state news agency reported, the latest sign of a stepped-up outreach to Damascus by Gulf Arab countries. The decree by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa came...

Ex-Afghan president says had no choice but to flee Kabul

Dec. 30, 2021 09:02 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president said he had no choice but to abruptly leave Kabul as the Taliban closed in and denied an agreement was in the works for a peaceful takeover, disputing the accounts of former Afghan and U.S. officials. Former President Ashraf Ghani...

Analysis: As US focus wanes, Mideast turns inward for talks

Dec. 28, 2021 20:54 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of looking abroad for answers, countries in the Middle East now appear to instead be talking to each other to find solutions following two decades defined by war and political upheaval. The American withdrawals from Afghanistan and...