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Turkey: Russia, US failed to clear militia from Syria border

Dec. 02, 2022 12:20 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister charged Friday that the United States and Russia have failed to meet promises to clear Syria’s border with Turkey of Kurdish militants, forcing Ankara to intervene. Speaking at the Mediterranean Dialogues forum in Rome, Foreign...

US-Iran match mirrored a regional rivalry for many Arab fans

Nov. 29, 2022 18:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. team’s victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region’s woes. Critics of Iran say it...

Lebanese reformist, another lawmaker lose parliament seats

Nov. 24, 2022 09:14 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Two newly elected Lebanese lawmakers, including an activist who had pledged to fight corruption, lost their parliament seats on Thursday following an appeals process before the country's constitutional council. Ramy Finge, a dentist and pro-democracy activist from...

Report: Explosion near Syrian capital kills Iranian colonel

Nov. 23, 2022 10:10 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion in Syria has killed an official with Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, the force said on its website Wednesday, blaming Israel for the killing. The force identified the officer killed as Col. Davoud Jafari, who it said was working for the Guard's...

Turkish strikes on Kurds stoke tensions with Syria as well

Nov. 23, 2022 09:58 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia has pushed for years for a reconciliation between its ally, the Syrian government, and Turkey, which stood on opposing sides in Syria’s civil war. Recent weeks saw the first small signs of possible progress. But that could be threatened by this weekend’s...

Israeli airstrikes on Syria kill 4 soldiers, injure 1

Nov. 19, 2022 00:38 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli airstrikes hit central and coastal regions of Syria early Saturday, killing four soldiers and wounding one, the Syrian military said. State media quoted an unidentified Syrian military official as saying that Israeli warplanes flying over the Mediterranean...

Some return to war-battered hub of Palestinian life in Syria

Nov. 17, 2022 02:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's largest Palestinian camp was once bustling with activity: It was crowded with mini-buses and packed with shops hawking falafel, shawarma and knafeh nabulsieh — a sweet concoction of cheese and phyllo dough. Kids played soccer and brandished plastic guns...

Qatar at World Cup pinnacle after years of Mideast turmoil

Nov. 15, 2022 03:10 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hosting the World Cup marks a pinnacle in Qatar's efforts to rise out of the shadow of its larger neighbors in the wider Middle East, where its politics and its upstart ambitions have brought both international attention and regional ire. The...

UN envoy urges lifting of sanctions harming Syrian civilians

Nov. 10, 2022 11:06 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A U.N. envoy on Thursday urged Western and Arab countries to lift sanctions imposed on Syria years ago, warning that the measures are exacerbating “the destruction and trauma” Syrian civilians have been exposed to since the country's civil war started 11 years ago. ...

EXPLAINER: Qatar's history, politics ahead of FIFA World Cup

Nov. 10, 2022 00:59 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar will be on the world stage like it has never been before as the small, energy-rich nation hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this month. The country, on a thumb-shaped peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, has seen its...