Latest Syria News

Russia says Syria can deliver aid, Turkey not essential

Jun. 22, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow disagrees that there is no alternative to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria’s rebel-held northwest except from Turkey as the U.N. and many Western nations maintain, insisting deliveries are possible across conflict lines within...

In Lebanon, some protest efforts to curb smuggling to Syria

Jun. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Demonstrators blocked a highway connecting Lebanon and Syria on Monday with burned tires and metal bars, protesting a decision by Lebanese authorities aimed at curbing smuggling into Syria, Lebanon's official news agency reported. The outcry was...

Violence in north Syria kills 10, mostly in rebel-held areas

Jun. 21, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and insurgent groups exchanged shell fire in northwestern Syria on Monday that killed at least 10 people, the vast majority of them in rebel-held areas, state media and opposition activists said. The area has seen rising violence...

Hard-line judiciary head wins Iran presidency in low turnout

Jun. 20, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory in the country's presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader's protege into Tehran's highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic's history. ...

Israel strikes Gaza after Hamas fires incendiary balloons

Jun. 17, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip late Thursday for a second time since a shaky cease-fire ended last month's 11-day war. The strikes came after activists mobilized by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers launched incendiary balloons into Israel for a third straight day....

Biden, Putin discuss ambassadors, nuclear weapons and more

Jun. 17, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin of Russia spent more than three hours discussing issues Wednesday at their summit in Geneva. They ticked through their respective lists so quickly and in such “excruciating detail,” Biden says, that they looked at each other and thought, “OK, what...

Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites, first since cease-fire

Jun. 15, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes at militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, the first such raids since a shaky cease-fire ended the war with Hamas last month. The airstrikes targeted facilities used by Hamas militants for...

Buoyed by allied summits, Biden ready to take on Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Fresh from supportive summits with allies, Joe Biden declared himself ready Tuesday to take on Russia’s Vladimir Putin in far more confrontational talks — a climactic finish to the most important week of meetings in his young presidency. Biden meets...

Syria's last aid crossing in balance as Biden to meet Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

President Joe Biden will seek to stave off another surge of civilian suffering in the devastating war in Syria when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week, appealing to Putin to drop a threat to close the last aid crossing into that country. Russian forces have...

The Latest: Biden pays tribute at NATO’s 9/11 memorial

Jun. 14, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

The Latest on the NATO summit taking place in Brussels: ___ BRUSSELS — President Joe Biden has paid tribute at NATO’s 9/11 memorial as he wraps up his meeting with members of the military alliance. Biden crossed himself and...