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International watchdog investigation finds Islamic State used mustard gas in 2015 attack in Syria

Feb. 22, 2024 12:59 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international investigative team said Thursday that its probe into a 2015 attack in Syria found “reasonable grounds to believe” that the Islamic State group used mustard gas, the latest finding of use of poison gas and nerve agents in Syria's grinding civil...

State media say an Israeli strike kills 2 in a Damascus residential area. Another kills 2 in Lebanon

Feb. 22, 2024 07:25 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli strikes hit a neighborhood of the Syrian capital on Wednesday morning, killing two people and causing material damage, Syria's state TV said. There was no confirmation of the strikes from Israel. In neighboring Lebanon, state media and security...

Iran accuses Israel of sabotage attack after explosions strike a natural gas pipeline

Feb. 21, 2024 22:31 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Israeli sabotage attack on an Iranian natural gas pipeline last week caused multiple explosions on the line, Iran's oil minister alleged Wednesday, further raising tensions between the regional archenemies against the backdrop of Israel's war on Hamas in the...

Building collapse in Beirut suburb kills 4 and rescuers are searching for others

Feb. 20, 2024 11:33 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A building collapsed in a southern suburb of Beirut late Monday, killing four people and injuring three others as rescuers searched for more people under the rubble, a paramedic official said. The building in the suburb of Choueifat crumbled after days of heavy rain....

Interior ministers from 4 Arab countries agree in Jordan that illegal drug trade needs to be tackled

Feb. 17, 2024 12:27 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The interior ministers of four Arab countries held talks in Jordan on Saturday to discuss ways of combatting the illegal drug trade in the region and agreed to set up a joint telecommunications cell to exchange information. The meeting between the interior...

Today in History: February 16, Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba

Feb. 16, 2024 00:14 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2024. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. ...

Cyprus president wants the European Union to discuss designating Syria safe zones for refugees

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union won't serve its own best interests if it doesn’t consider designating some parts of Syria as safe zones so refugees and migrants can return there, the president of Cyprus said Monday. President Nikos Christodoulides said Cyprus is...

An Israeli drone strike in Lebanon kills 2 in one of the deepest hits inside the country in weeks

Feb. 10, 2024 15:57 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli drone struck a car near Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon on Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding two others, security officials said. The strike came as tensions across the Middle East grow with the Israel-Hamas war, a drone attack last...

Syria says Israeli airstrikes over Homs have killed and wounded civilians

Feb. 07, 2024 08:00 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli airstrikes over Syria's central city of Homs and nearby areas killed and wounded civilians, the Syrian military said Wednesday without giving details. There was no immediate comment from Israel. The strikes come as tensions across the Middle East grow...

UN envoy warns more attacks on Iraq threaten its hard-won stability

Feb. 06, 2024 18:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq’s government is focused on avoiding a domestic or regional spillover of the Israel-Hamas war but continuing attacks on the country threaten its hard-won stability, the U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Tuesday. With the war raging in Gaza, Jeanine...