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Laure Ghosn, whose husband Charbel Zogheib has been missing for the past 37 years, speaks as she holds their wedding portrait during an interview at her home in Sarba, north of Beirut, Lebanon. Ghosn said her husband is held in Syria and hopes that a new wave of sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Syrian government will force Damascus to reveal the fate of hundreds of Lebanese citizens held in Syria, including that of her husband. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Jul. 6, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open. The elder Arnous was among...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein, Austria. Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Jul. 5, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria. The concert...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. A festering row between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO's struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms exposes NATO's limits

Jul. 5, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. The dispute has also...

Laure Ghosn, whose husband Charbel Zogheib has been missing for the past 37 years, speaks as she holds their wedding portrait during an interview at her home in Sarba, north of Beirut, Lebanon. Ghosn said her husband is held in Syria and hopes that a new wave of sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Syrian government will force Damascus to reveal the fate of hundreds of Lebanese citizens held in Syria, including that of her husband. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Jul. 4, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open. The elder Arnous was among...

FILE - This Sunday, April 19, 2020 file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria. The head of the U.N. food agency warned of starvation and another wave of mass migration from Syria to Europe unless donors countries step up financial assistance to the war-ravaged country. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

UN demands halt to key global conflicts to tackle COVID-19

Jul. 1, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council demanded an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in key conflicts including Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo on Wednesday to tackle COVID-19 in its first resolution on the new coronavirus. The U.N.’s most powerful body voted...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The three leaders discussed the situation in Syria and ways to promote a political settlement.(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran talk about stabilizing Syria

Jul. 1, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday discussed efforts to stabilize Syria in a video call, emphasizing the need to promote a political settlement for the nine-year conflict. Russia and Iran have staunchly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the country's war,...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell waits for the start of a meeting, Supporting the future of Syria and the Region, in videoconference format at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Donors: $7.7 billion to tackle Syria humanitarian crisis

Jun. 30, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and dozens of donor nations pledged a total of $7.7 billion Tuesday to help tackle the humanitarian crisis deepening in Syria and neighboring countries hosting millions of Syrian refugees as the coronavirus pandemic and economic crises compound the misery of nearly a...

FILE - This file photo released by the Turkish humanitarian group IHH on April 6, 2020, aid workers of the group demonstrate to Syrian children how to properly wash hands, at a camp for internally displaced persons in northern Syria. The rapid spread of the coronavirus has raised fears about the world’s refugees and internally displaced people, many of whom live in poor or war-ravaged countries that are ill-equipped to test for the virus or contain a possible outbreak. (IHH via AP, File)

UN and West spar with Russia over cross-border aid to Syria

Jun. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Monday that a halt to cross-border aid deliveries to the last rebel stronghold in Syria would cause “suffering and death,” but Syria's ally Russia accused the U.N. and Western nations of trying to “sabotage” assistance...

FILE - This Sunday, April 19, 2020 file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria. The head of the U.N. food agency warned of starvation and another wave of mass migration from Syria to Europe unless donors countries step up financial assistance to the war-ravaged country. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Donors urged to dig deep as economic chaos, virus hit Syria

Jun. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Aid organizations on Monday made a plea for world leaders to boost financial support to conflict-torn Syria where around 11 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, on the eve of a major donor conference hosted by the European Union. The conflict has killed more than 400,000...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to French President Emmanuel Macron during a via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 26, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin, Macron discuss closer cooperation in video call

Jun. 26, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed international crises during a video call Friday and vowed to cooperate more closely to tackle global challenges. Putin, noting that it was the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' charter, spoke...