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UAE hosted Syrian businessman on US sanctions list

Jan. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Arab Emirates hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker who has been on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war erupted in 2011, UAE state media reported Tuesday. The meeting marked the latest manifestation of a changing regional...

Syria: Blast in coastal city of Latakia kills 1

Jan. 22, 2019 11:13 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A car bomb exploded at a busy intersection in the coastal city of Latakia on Tuesday, killing a civilian and wounding 14, Syrian state-run media said. The blast was the second in government-controlled areas of Syria in two days, shattering a sense of relative calm in...

Israel: Advanced missile defense system successfully tested

Jan. 22, 2019 10:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday that it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against long-range ballistic missile threats. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured an Israeli aerospace facility following the test and leveled a thinly veiled...

6 Kosovars jailed for joining terror groups

Jan. 22, 2019 10:45 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A Kosovo court on Tuesday convicted a man for participating in terror groups in Syria and jailed him for five years. The Pristina court said the man, identified only as M.D., went to Turkey with his wife and son in March 2013 and later crossed into neighboring Syria to join fighters...

Islamic State group targets US convoy in northeastern Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 4:07 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than a week and further highlighting the dangers surrounding U.S. plans to withdraw forces after a declaration that the...

Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country. For years, Israel has remained largely silent about...

Germany bans Iran's Mahan Air amid security concerns

Jan. 21, 2019 10:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has banned Iran's Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the airline's involvement in Syria, officials said Monday. Mahan Air is on a U.S. sanctions list and Washington has long urged allies to ban the airline from their territories....

The Latest: EU slaps sanctions on more Syrian businessmen

Jan. 21, 2019 7:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The European Union is adding 11 businessmen and five companies to its list of Syrians under sanctions for backing President Bashar Assad's government. EU foreign ministers imposed travel bans and asset freezes on them, saying...

The Latest: Israeli PM says Iranian sites in Syria 'pounded'

Jan. 21, 2019 6:34 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Israel's prime minister says the country's military "pounded" Iranian targets in Syria in response to a missile launch against Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel won't "allow such acts of aggression...

Bolton's test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

Jan. 21, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades...