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FILE - In this file photo released on April 7, 2019, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows vans queuing to fill their tanks with fuel, at a gas station in Daraa, south Syria.  On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, Syria’s petroleum ministry blamed U.S. sanctions for forcing it to cut by up to 24% its distribution of fuel and diesel because of delays in arrival of needed supplies. (SANA via AP, File)

Syria temporarily cuts supplies of fuel to meet shortages

Jan. 10, 2021 9:12 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s petroleum ministry on Sunday blamed U.S. sanctions for forcing it to cut by up to 24% its distribution of fuel and diesel because of delays in arrival of needed supplies. The war-ravaged nation already is facing a severe economic crisis that has caused major shortages...

Russia and West clash over Syria chemical weapons sanctions

Jan. 6, 2021 12:40 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria and close ally Russia clashed with the U.S. and other nations Tuesday over a Western initiative to suspend Syria’s voting rights in the global chemical weapons watchdog for failing to provide details of three chemical attacks in 2017 that investigators blamed on President...

Russian military says 3 of its troops wounded in Syria

Dec. 29, 2020 3:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said three of its troops were wounded Tuesday in an attack by militants in northwestern Syria. Rear Adm. Vyacheslav Sytnik, the chief of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that militants in the province of Idlib fired an anti-tank missile at a...

Israeli jets fly over Beirut, explosions reported in Syria

Dec. 24, 2020 6:56 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli jets flew very low over parts of Lebanon early Friday, terrifying residents on Christmas Eve, some of whom reported seeing missiles in the skies over Beirut. Minutes later, Syria's official news agency reported explosions in the central Syrian town of Masyaf. Other Syrian media said...

FILE - A supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad waves a Syrian flag as she looks over a crowd gathered to show support for their president in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Ten years ago, an uprising in Tunisia opened the way for a wave of popular revolts against authoritarian rulers across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. For a brief window as leaders fell, it seemed the move toward greater democracy was irreversible. Instead, the region saw its most destructive decade of the modern era. Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq have been torn apart by wars, displacement and humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

US deepens sanctions on Syria, targets Assad's in-laws

Dec. 22, 2020 2:24 PM EST

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced more sanctions on Syria, intensifying pressure on President Bashar Assad to end the country’s vicious, nearly decade-long conflict. The new sanctions target Syria's central bank, Assad's in-laws, and others. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United...

This undated photo provided by his son Kenan Aljasem shows Dr. Adnan Jasem in Albad, Syria. Jasem had every reason to leave war-torn Syria after surviving a bomb blast that broke his legs four years earlier and receiving job offers from abroad. Still, Jasem stayed, committed to treating the people in his homeland. It was no surprise that he would be on the front lines when the first coronavirus cases appeared in northwest Syria this summer. By Sept. 6, 2020, Jasem started feeling ill. Four days later, the 58-year-old was dead. (Kenan Aljasem via AP)

Lives Lost: Doctor chose to stay, work in war-torn Syria

Dec. 17, 2020 12:04 AM EST

Dr. Adnan Jasem had every reason to leave war-torn Syria after surviving a bomb blast that broke his legs four years ago and receiving job offers from abroad. Still, Jasem stayed, committed to treating the people in his homeland. It was no surprise that he would be on the front lines when the first coronavirus...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2011 file photo, a protestor faces riot police officers during a demonstration against the  party of Tunisian ruler Ben Ali, in the center of Tunis, Tunisia. Ten years ago, an uprising in Tunisia opened the way for a wave of popular revolts against authoritarian rulers across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. For a brief window as leaders fell, it seemed the move toward greater democracy was irreversible. Instead, the region saw its most destructive decade of the modern era. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

After Arab Spring, a decade of upheaval and lost hopes

Dec. 15, 2020 1:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Was it real? It’s all been erased so completely, so much blood has been shed and destruction wreaked over the past decade. The idea that there was a moment when millions across the Middle East wanted freedom and change so much that they took to the streets seems like romantic...

Today in History

Dec. 15, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 15, the 350th day of 2020. There are 16 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 2013, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood hometown, ending a 10-day mourning period for South Africa’s first Black president. On this...

Corrado Augias, a longtime journalist for La Repubblica daily and onetime European Parliamentarian for Italy’s center-left, left, shows reporters his French Legion of Honor award prior to returning it to  French embassy to Italy, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Augias returned his Legion of Honor award to France to protest that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was given the prize despite his government's human rights abuses. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italians return French Legion awards after el-Sissi gets one

Dec. 14, 2020 2:27 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Two prominent Italian intellectuals announced Monday they were returning their Legion of Honor awards to France to protest that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was given the prize despite his government's human rights abuses. Corrado Augias, a longtime journalist for La Repubblica...

FILE - This Wednesday, March 21, 2018 file photo shows the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands. The global chemical weapons watchdog says that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemical weapons were used in either case. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued two reports Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 by its Fact-Finding Mission into attacks in Saraqib in the Idlib region on Aug. 1, 2016, and in Aleppo on Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Chemical weapons watchdog criticizes Syria over 19 issues

Dec. 12, 2020 1:21 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog criticized Syria for failing to declare a chemical weapons production facility and respond to 18 other issues, while Russia accused the watchdog of conducting a “political crusade” against its close ally, the Syrian government. The...