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UN peacekeepers rescue 36 migrants outside Lebanese waters

Sep. 14, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon said it rescued on Monday 36 people onboard a ship carrying migrants outside Lebanon’s territorial waters. The force, known as UNIFIL, said there were 37 migrants on the ship but that one had died by the time the peacekeepers rescued the...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope recalls visit to Lesbos refugee camp, urges solidarity

Sep. 13, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed solidarity Sunday with the thousands of migrants who were left homeless by fires that wrecked a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos and called for them to receive a “human and dignified” welcome wherever they relocate. Francis recalled...

An employee wearing a face mask and face shield stands to guide passengers to maintain a one-way walk flow as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

Sep. 10, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend in fresh infections for the country. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the 176 cases added in the previous 24 hours took the...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018 file photo, Syrian refugees line up to register their names at an employment office, at the Azraq Refugee Camp, 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Amman, Jordan. The U.N. agency for refugees said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, that it has confirmed two coronavirus cases in the Azraq camp. They are the first infections to be detected among Syrians living in refugee camps in Jordan, which are home to more than 100,000 Syrians displaced by that country's civil war. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)

UN finds 2 virus cases in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

Sep. 8, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday it has confirmed two coronavirus cases in the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, which is home to more than 40,000 people who have fled their country's civil war. They are the first infections to be detected among Syrians living in refugee...

UN detects virus cases in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

Sep. 8, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. agency for refugees said Tuesday it has confirmed two coronavirus cases in the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. They are the first infections to be detected among Syrians living in refugee camps in Jordan, which are home to more than 100,000 Syrians displaced by that...

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, second left, walk after their talks in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Russia's foreign minister has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad shortly after landing in the Syrian capital on his first visit since 2012. Russia has been a close ally of Assad in Syria's long and bloody nine-year-long civil war, lending his government in Damascus vital military, economic and political support. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian delegation in Syria to expand trade, economic ties

Sep. 7, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russia and Syria plan to sign an economic pact before the end of the year that is partly aimed at circumventing U.S. sanctions, Russia's deputy prime minister said Monday as he led a high-level delegation on a visit to Damascus. Yuri Borisov said the Russian side is expecting to sign...

Monitor: Strikes on east Syria kill 16 Iran-backed fighters

Sep. 3, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian opposition war monitor said airstrikes on eastern Syria believed to have been carried out by Israeli warplanes early Thursday killed 16 Iranian-backed fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit positions of Iranian-backed fighters near the...

Syria says U.S. forces clash with Syrian troops, killing 1

Aug. 17, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.S. forces clashed with Syrian troops in the northeast on Monday, killing at least one soldier and wounding two others, state media said, while the U.S. military said it responded to small arms fire near a Syrian checkpoint. Tensions have been rising in northeastern Syria in recent...

FILE - In this April1 14, 2018, file photo, then-Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth

US commander: Islamic State threat in west Syria growing

Aug. 12, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elements of the Islamic State group are working to rebuild in western Syria, where the U.S. has little visibility or presence, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East warned on Wednesday. In the region west of the Euphrates River where the Syrian regime is in control “conditions...

Lebanese soldiers stand among tear gas during clashes with protesters as part of a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Beirut protesters enter government buildings

Aug. 8, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Dozens of Lebanese protesters have stormed the buildings of a number of government ministries and the headquarters of the country's banking association channeling their rage against state and financial institutions after the...