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US, UK, France vow to act against new Syria chemical attacks

Aug. 21, 2018 7:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States, Britain and France vowed on the fifth anniversary of a chemical weapons attack that they blame on the Syrian government to take action as they have in the past against any further attacks by President Bashar Assad's regime. A joint statement issued late Tuesday...

Syria's Assad attends holiday prayers at Damascus mosque

Aug. 21, 2018 3:14 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has attended prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Damascus, the seat of his power. State-run television showed Assad saluting worshippers as he arrived Tuesday at the al-Rawda mosque and various footage of him praying and talking to people...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....

Russia says it's trying to help Syrian refugees' return home

Aug. 15, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home and rebuild the country's infrastructure destroyed by the civil war. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said in a conference call that included Russian and Syrian officials that work is...

Kurds meet with Syrian government to discuss self-rule

Aug. 14, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives from Syria's Kurdish-run northeastern region met with the government in Damascus last week to discuss self-administration in a postwar Syria, a leading Kurdish official said Tuesday. It was the second meeting between the two sides, and they agreed to continue their...

Syria vows to help refugees return, wants sanctions lifted

Aug. 13, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government officials vowed Monday to ensure the safe return of refugees and urged Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the refugees' return is a top priority for Damascus, adding that "the Syrian government...

Clues but no answers in one of Syria war's biggest mysteries

Aug. 13, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Razan Zaitouneh earned enemies on all sides of her homeland's civil war. One of Syria's most well-known rights activists, she was bold, outspoken and defiantly secular. Perhaps most dangerously, she was impartial. She chanted in protests against President Bashar Assad, but was also...

Czechs secure release of 2 aid workers in Syria

Aug. 9, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Foreign Ministry says the country's diplomats have negotiated the release of two humanitarian workers for a German non-governmental organization who were arrested in Syria. It says that Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek, who has traveled to Damascus, will take the two men to Prague...

Damascus: Syria's first lady starts breast cancer treatment

Aug. 8, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's first lady Asma Assad has begun treatment for breast cancer, the presidency said Wednesday, wishing her a speedy recovery. Such public announcements are uncommon in the Arab world, where cancer is considered a taboo. The presidency posted on its Facebook page a photo of President...

Report: Blast kills Syrian arms program researcher

Aug. 5, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A research director at a military agency linked to Syria's chemical weapons program was assassinated, a newspaper close to the Syrian government reported Sunday. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research Center, died...