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As ties warm, Syria to host a 2024 Arab energy conference

Dec. 09, 2021 09:26 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will host an Arab energy conference in 2024, the country's energy ministry said Thursday, the latest sign that Arab countries are moving to re-engage with the government of Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad. The announcement followed a unanimous...

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

Dec. 09, 2021 01:06 AM 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...

Syria says Israeli warplanes hit Latakia port containers

Dec. 07, 2021 07:00 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired missiles that struck the port of Latakia early on Tuesday, hitting containers and igniting a huge fire, Syrian state media said. It was a rare attack on the city's port, a vital facility where much of Syria's imports are brought into...

Lebanese businesses pay steep price for standoff with Saudis

Dec. 02, 2021 01:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese DJ was days away from moving to Riyadh to play for a month in one of the newest entertainment centers in Saudi Arabia's capital when a brief, polite Whatsapp message informed her that the contract won’t go through. The head of a Beirut-based...

Syria seizes amphetamine-based drugs headed for Saudi Arabia

Nov. 30, 2021 09:20 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities said Tuesday they seized over 500 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages in a van bound for Saudi Arabia. An investigation was underway to determine who was...

Syria hosts first international basketball tourney in years

Nov. 29, 2021 15:39 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria hosted the first international basketball tournament on its soil in at least two decades Monday, bringing an Asia region World Cup qualifying game to a packed stadium in the capital Damascus. The game with Kazakhstan, which Syria lost 81-71,...

Today in History

Nov. 27, 2021 00:18 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2021. There are 34 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 27, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone (mah-SKOH’-nee) and City Supervisor...

Israeli airstrike on central Syria leaves 2 dead, 7 wounded

Nov. 24, 2021 01:48 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s military said Israeli warplanes attacked army positions in the country’s central region early Wednesday, leaving two civilians dead and seven people wounded — six of them soldiers. State media quoted an unnamed military official as...

Syria reports Israel attack south of Damascus, no casualties

Nov. 16, 2021 21:33 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state-run media said Israel carried out an attack on the country’s south early Wednesday with two missiles targeting an empty house and causing no casualties The missiles came from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and aimed at the...

Dubai Air Show opens to industry on the mend amid COVID-19

Nov. 14, 2021 11:32 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's biennial Air Show opened Sunday to a world still reeling from the pandemic and an aviation industry hard-hit by the coronavirus, but on the mend. Boeing and Airbus have traditionally been the stars of the aviation trade show,...