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Syrian President Assad's Baath Party clinches control of parliament, election results show

Jul. 18, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — The results of Syria’s parliamentary elections, announced Thursday, showed that President Bashar Assad’s Baath Party has won a majority of seats, as expected. The elections for 250 parliamentary seats were held Monday at 8,151 centers in government-held areas of...

Syrian official who oversaw prison where alleged abuse took place arrested by US officials

Jul. 17, 2024 20:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Syrian military official who oversaw a prison where human rights officials say torture and abuse routinely took place has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents took Samir Ousman al-Sheikh into custody last...

The Latest | An Israeli drone strike kills a prominent Syrian businessman with close ties to Assad

Jul. 16, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

An Israeli drone strike on a car Monday near the Lebanon-Syria border killed a prominent Syrian businessman who was sanctioned by the United States and had close ties to the government of Syria’s President Bashar Assad, according to pro-government media and an official from an Iran-backed group....

Syrians vote for their next parliament, which may pave the way for Assad to extend his rule

Jul. 15, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians voted for members of a new parliament in an election Monday that was expected to hold few surprises but could pave the way for a constitutional amendment to extend the term of President Bashar Assad. The vote is the fourth in Syria since mass...

Israeli drone strike along Lebanon-Syria border kills Syrian businessman close to the government

Jul. 15, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli drone strike on a car Monday near the Lebanon-Syria border killed a prominent Syrian businessman who was sanctioned by the United States and had close ties to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to pro-government media and an official from an...

A rapprochement between Syria and Turkey is on the table. Here's what it might mean for the region

Jul. 12, 2024 06:35 AM EDT

ANKARA (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Assad have recently signaled that they are interested in restoring diplomatic ties that have been ruptured for more than a decade. Erdogan has said that he hopes to arrange a meeting with Assad soon...

Syria and Saudi Arabia resume regular commercial flights as part of a thaw in relations

Jul. 10, 2024 04:55 AM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — Regular flights between the Syrian capital of Damascus and Saudi Arabia resumed Wednesday for the first time in more than a decade as part of a thaw in relations between the countries, Syrian state media reported. Syria and Saudi Arabia had severed ties in 2012 over...

Turkey's Erdogan renews push to restore ties with Syria that were severed over a decade ago

Jul. 07, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his willingness to restore ties with Syria and extended an “invitation” Sunday to bring back relations to "how they were in the past." Over 12 years ago, diplomatic ties between Ankara and Damascus were cut off...

Special adviser to Syrian President Assad dies following car crash under unclear circumstances

Jul. 05, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — A close adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad has died after a car accident left her hospitalized for four days, the president's office said Friday in a statement. Luna al-Shibl, a former journalist, had worked as the director of Assad’s political and media...

Prosecutors ask France's highest court to rule on validity of arrest warrant for Syria's president

Jul. 02, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — French prosecutors have requested the country's highest court to rule on the validity of the international arrest warrant for Syrian President Bashar Assad for alleged complicity in war crimes during Syria’s civil war, according to a statement on Tuesday. ...