Latest Syria News

Death toll in aircraft carrier fire in Russia rises to 2

Dec. 13, 2019 10:00 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A crew member who went missing during a fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier was found dead Friday, raising the death toll from the blaze to two, the nation's military officials said Friday. The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of...

Senate backs measure affirming century-old Armenian genocide

Dec. 12, 2019 5:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mass killings of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago were genocide, the Senate declared Thursday in a vote that prompted angry denunciations by Turkey and accusations that the U.S. was undermining its relations with a key NATO ally. The Senate action follows a...

Over 1,000 ancient relics recovered from Syrian museum

Dec. 12, 2019 3:29 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — More than 1,000 ancient relics and mosaics were saved from Islamic State group militants when staff at the museum of the Syrian city of Raqqa managed to hide them underground and in storehouses, Syrian officials and experts said Thursday. The Syrian Kurdish-led administration in northeastern...

Fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier kills 1, injures 11

Dec. 12, 2019 1:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's only aircraft carrier suffered a massive fire Thursday that killed one crew member, injured another 11 people and significantly damaged the ill-fated ship that has been haunted by incidents throughout its service. The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a...

Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

Dec. 11, 2019 3:56 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu comments came amid reports that U.S. lawmakers...

Trump meets Russian official as impeachment charges unveiled

Dec. 10, 2019 7:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday was the second for Russia's foreign minister. The president of Ukraine is still waiting for his first. Trump sat down with Sergey Lavrov at a moment of high drama in Washington — just hours after House Democrats...

Syria's Assad: OPCW faked a report on attack near Damascus

Dec. 9, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview aired Monday that the global chemical weapons watchdog has faked and falsified a report over an attack near the capital Damascus last year "just because the Americans wanted them to do so." Assad's comments to Italy's Rai News 24 came after...

Syrian president's uncle faces Paris money laundering trial

Dec. 9, 2019 2:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The trial of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s uncle, who is accused of illegally using Syrian state funds to build a French real estate empire, opened Monday in Paris. The trial opened five years after Transparency International and French anti-corruption group Sherpa filed a complaint...

Kosovo files IS terror charges against man, wife and mother

Dec. 9, 2019 10:39 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors filed terrorism charges Monday against three ethnic Albanians who returned to the small European country in May after allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. Prosecutors said the three are a man, his wife and his mother. They alleged the man fought...

Turkey deports 11 French suspected IS members

Dec. 9, 2019 8:06 AM EST

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — Turkey has deported 11 French nationals who are suspected of being members of the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said Monday. A brief ministry statement said 11 "foreign terrorist fighters" were returned to their home country. It didn't provide details or identify the...