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UN Syria envoy to try to move on constitution before leaving

Oct. 17, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he will make a final effort before stepping down next month to advance toward a new constitution for Syria — a key step in ending the country's civil war. De Mistura announced at the end of a Security Council briefing...

Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan

Oct. 15, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government received a major boost Monday as Syria's commercial gateway with Jordan and a crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights manned by U.N peacekeepers were reopened years after the war disrupted their operations. The simultaneous reopening of...

The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

Oct. 15, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria "re-empowers" the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels. Maj. Nehemia Berki spoke on...

Syria and Jordan agree to reopen vital crossing

Oct. 14, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Jordan and Syria agreed Sunday to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries, three years after the commercial lifeline fell to rebel groups and traffic was halted. Israel also said Sunday the Quneitra crossing with Syria will reopen Monday to U.N. observers, four years...

Syria displays artifacts retrieved from rebel-held areas

Oct. 8, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An exhibition in Syria's capital is showcasing hundreds of artifacts that officials say were retrieved from areas formerly held by rebels and from abroad, amid recent gains by the military. Those on display at the capital's Opera House are just some of the roughly 20,000 artifacts...

Wounded Syrian soldiers learn to live with war disabilities

Oct. 8, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a Damascus hospital, Haidar Hussein lifts himself up, his hands holding on to a set of bars as he cautiously steps forward, showing off his new skills walking on artificial legs as his therapists cheer him on. The 30-year-old soldier is inching toward the end of his 10-week...

Syria hopes to jumpstart rebuilding despite massive hurdles

Oct. 3, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — With back-to-back trade fairs held in Damascus this month, Syria is hoping to jumpstart reconstruction of its devastated cities by inviting international investors to take part in lucrative opportunities. But the absence of significant Western participants, the challenges posed by...

Syria FM says Iran coordinated its ballistic missile strikes

Oct. 2, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said in remarks broadcast Tuesday that the Iranian ballistic missile attack on militants in eastern Syria the previous day was part of "legitimate" cooperation between the two countries to combat terrorism. Walid al-Moallem's comments came during a wide-ranging...

NKorea: US needs to build our trust, and sanctions lower it

Sep. 29, 2018 7:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea needs more trust in the U.S. and their developing relationship before it will get rid of its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang's top diplomat said Saturday as an envoy from another of the international community's biggest worries — Syria — demanded that the U.S.,...

The Latest: Canada delays UN speech amid trade talks with US

Sep. 29, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 6 p.m. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has postponed her U.N. General Assembly speech as trade talks between the U.S. and Canada intensify. Freeland had been scheduled to speak Saturday but exchanged the...