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Iran provincial governor slapped in a rare security breach

Oct. 23, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The new governor of a northwestern Iranian province was slapped in the face by an angry man during his inauguration Saturday, an unusual breach of security in the Islamic Republic during a ceremony attended by the country's interior minister. ...

Report: Foreign aid lost in Syria exchange rate distortions

Oct. 22, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government benefited from variations in foreign currency exchange rates, boosting state coffers with at least $100 million in international aid money over the last two years, according to new research. The currency...

Russia's Putin hosts Israeli PM Bennett

Oct. 22, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Friday that new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett would continue in the footsteps of his predecessor in maintaining close and “trusting" relations with his country. After talks at Putin's lush Black...

Syria says it executed 24 for igniting deadly wildfires

Oct. 21, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria has executed 24 people after convicting them on terrorism charges for igniting last year’s devastating wildfires, leaving three people dead and burning thousands of hectares (acres) of forests, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. The...

Syria, UAE leaders discuss closer relations in rare call

Oct. 20, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ crown prince received a rare telephone call from Syrian President Bashar Assad in which they discussed strengthening relations and cooperation, Syria’s state media reported Wednesday. The call between Assad and...

Bus bombs kill 14 in Syria capital; shells elsewhere kill 10

Oct. 20, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two bombs attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops exploded in Damascus during the morning rush hour Wednesday, a military official said. Fourteen people were killed in the attack, one of the deadliest in the capital in years. While the Syrian...

Hezbollah brag of 100,000-strong force aimed at foes at home

Oct. 19, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A boast by the leader of Hezbollah that he commands 100,000 fighters came as a surprise to many Lebanese, not least because it was addressed to a domestic audience rather than the militia's archenemy Israel. Experts say the figure, which exceeds the size...

UN: Syria government, opposition to begin drafting charter

Oct. 17, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government and opposition in the war-torn country have agreed to start drafting constitutional reforms, the U.N. Syria envoy announced Sunday, a major step after a nine-month hiatus of talks and several fruitless rounds. U.N. special envoy for...

Shooting in Syria could mark new phase in Israeli campaign

Oct. 17, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The death of a former Syrian Druse lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in what Israel calls its war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Syria’s state-run news agency said that Midhat Saleh was fatally shot...

US does not support normalization of relations with Syria

Oct. 13, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United States does not support efforts to normalize relations with the government of President Bashar Assad or lift sanctions imposed on Damascus until there is progress in the political process in the war-torn country, the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday. ...