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FILE - In this June 10, 2000 file photo, Syrian mourners wave portraits of President Hafez Assad, right, and his two sons Bashar, center, and Basil who died in a car accident in 1994 to mourn the death of their president, in Damascus, Syria. For fifty years, the Assad family has controlled Syria, overseeing transformations, modernization, uprisings and upheaval while becoming among the most divisive figures of their time. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

In ruins, Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

Nov. 12, 2020 9:44 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — On Nov. 13, 1970, a young air force officer from the coastal hills of Syria launched a bloodless coup. It was the latest in a succession of military takeovers since independence from France in 1946, and there was no reason to think it would be the last. Yet 50 years later, Hafez...

Today in History

Nov. 8, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Nov. 8, the 313th day of 2020. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an astonishing victory for a celebrity...

Today in History

Nov. 5, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 5, the 310th day of 2020. There are 56 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 5, 2009, a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas left 13 people dead; Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was later convicted of murder and...

Today in History

Nov. 3, 2020 7:36 PM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 3, the 308th day of 2020. There are 58 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 3, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred “Alf” Landon. On this date: In 1900, the...

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the birthday of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Iran’s supreme leader mocked America’s presidential election in a televised address. In his remarks Tuesday, Khamenei quoted President Donald Trump’s own baseless claims about voter fraud to criticize the vote as Tehran marked the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's supreme leader, quoting Trump, mocks US election

Nov. 3, 2020 5:48 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader mocked America's presidential election Tuesday in a televised address, quoting President Donald Trump's own baseless claims about voter fraud to criticize the vote as Tehran marked the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated a...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2005 file photo, veteran British Middle East news journalist, Robert Fisk, gestures during a press conference for the launch of the French version of his book

Robert Fisk, veteran foreign correspondent, dies at 74

Nov. 2, 2020 2:43 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Veteran British journalist Robert Fisk, one of the best-known Middle East correspondents who spent his career reporting from the troubled region and won accolades for challenging mainstream narratives has died after a short illness, his employer said Monday. He was 74. Fisk, whose reporting...

Today in History

Oct. 26, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 26, the 300th day of 2020. There are 66 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On October 26th, 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. On this date: In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie...

Today in History

Oct. 19, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 19, the 293rd day of 2020. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1781, British troops under Gen. Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, as the American Revolution neared its end. On this date: In 1765, the Stamp...

Today in History

Oct. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2020. There are 85 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1996, Fox News Channel made its debut. On this date: In 1910, a major wildfire devastated the northern Minnesota towns of Spooner and Baudette, charring at...

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Kuwait state television said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, had died. (Fethi Belaid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Death of Kuwait ruler Sheikh Sabah draws outpouring of grief

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The death of Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the leader of Kuwait who earned a reputation as a seasoned diplomat and a rare ruler who could cross the region’s political and sectarian divides, touched off an outpouring of grief from the Arab world Tuesday. As news...