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Syrian state media report Israeli strike on country's south

Jul. 23, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state media is reporting an Israeli attack on the country's southern province of Daraa, saying it did not inflict any casualties. State news agency SANA and state TV added that the "Israeli aggression" struck al-Harra hill that is home to Syrian army posts adding that it only...

Pope urges concrete measures to protect Syrian civilians

Jul. 22, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his "profound concern" for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians in Idlib province. The Vatican said Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of Francis' top advisers, hand-delivered the...

UN envoy speaks of 'solid progress' after meetings in Syria

Jul. 10, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said "solid progress" was made following discussions with officials in the Syrian capital Wednesday, adding that talks are "very close to an agreement" on establishing a constitutional committee. Geir Pedersen spoke to reporters following two...

UN envoy arrives in Syria amid violent clashes in the north

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a "door opener for the broader political process." Geir Pedersen spoke with reporters in the Syrian capital...

Chemical weapons watchdog members voice concerns over Syria

Jul. 9, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog voiced concern Tuesday that Syria may still possess such weapons after inspectors discovered traces of what could be a byproduct of a nerve agent or poison gas at a Syrian research facility. In a report submitted to the...

Omani foreign minister makes rare visit to Syria

Jul. 7, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Oman's foreign minister made a rare visit to Syria on Sunday to discuss with President Bashar Assad ways of restoring stability and security in the region. Oman is one of few Arab countries that kept normal relations with Damascus after Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 over...

The Latest: European powers concerned about Iran nuke deal

Jul. 2, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Iran's unraveling nuclear deal with world powers (all times local): 10 p.m. European powers that have been trying to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran are underlining their concern at Tehran exceeding its stockpile limit for low-enriched uranium and their demand that it...

Syria says Israeli airstrike kills 4 civilians, wounds 21

Jul. 1, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria early Monday, with a missile near Damascus killing four civilians and wounding 21, Syrian state media reported. Israeli warplanes fired missiles from Lebanese airspace targeting military positions in the central province...

Damascus explosion wounds pro-government analyst's wife, son

Jun. 27, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency says a bomb exploded in a car in Damascus, wounding a woman and her son. Activist groups said the victims were the wife and son of a pro-government political analyst. SANA did not identify the two or say how seriously they were hurt in the explosion on Thursday...

Protesters in Iran, Iraq burn Israel, US flags on 'Quds Day'

May. 31, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies Friday marking Quds, or Jerusalem Day. The annual protests come as the Trump administration tries to...