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UN chief urges funds for Palestinians, saying Israel is forcing Gazans 'to move like human pinballs'

Jul. 13, 2024 01:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief appealed for funding Friday for the beleaguered U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East, accusing Israel of issuing evacuation orders that force Palestinians “to move like human pinballs across a landscape...

A rapprochement between Syria and Turkey is on the table. Here's what it might mean for the region

Jul. 12, 2024 06:35 AM EDT

ANKARA (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Assad have recently signaled that they are interested in restoring diplomatic ties that have been ruptured for more than a decade. Erdogan has said that he hopes to arrange a meeting with Assad soon...

An Israeli strike in Syria kills a former bodyguard of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader, official says

Jul. 09, 2024 15:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli strike in Syria on Tuesday killed a former bodyguard of the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, an official with the group said. An Israeli man and woman were killed in a retaliatory Hezbollah strike on Israel. Hours earlier, an Israeli drone...

Former bodyguard of Hezbollah leader killed in Israeli strike over Syria, says Hezbollah official

Jul. 09, 2024 09:52 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Former bodyguard of Hezbollah leader killed in Israeli strike over Syria, says Hezbollah official.

Turkey's Erdogan renews push to restore ties with Syria that were severed over a decade ago

Jul. 07, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his willingness to restore ties with Syria and extended an “invitation” Sunday to bring back relations to "how they were in the past." Over 12 years ago, diplomatic ties between Ankara and Damascus were cut off...

At least 7 arrested in Germany and Sweden on suspicion of committing war crimes in Syria

Jul. 03, 2024 06:16 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — At least seven people have been arrested in Germany and Sweden on suspicion of committing crimes against humanity and war crimes in Syria in 2012-2014, authorities in the two countries said Wednesday. In a coordinated effort that also involved the...

Prosecutors ask France's highest court to rule on validity of arrest warrant for Syria's president

Jul. 02, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — French prosecutors have requested the country's highest court to rule on the validity of the international arrest warrant for Syrian President Bashar Assad for alleged complicity in war crimes during Syria’s civil war, according to a statement on Tuesday. ...

Turkey's president accuses opposition of stoking racism after anti-Syrian rioting erupts

Jul. 01, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused opposition parties of stoking xenophobia and racism on Monday, a day after residents in a neighborhood in central Turkey set Syrian-owned shops on fire. The rioting erupted in the Melikgazi region of central...

Lawsuit accuses Iran, Syria and North Korea of providing support for Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel

Jul. 01, 2024 13:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Victims of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel sued Iran, Syria and North Korea on Monday, saying their governments supplied the militants with money, weapons and know-how needed to carry out the assault that precipitated Israel's ongoing war in Gaza. The lawsuit,...

A decade after the Islamic State group declared a caliphate, it's defeated but remains lethal

Jun. 28, 2024 12:12 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A decade after the Islamic State militant group declared its caliphate in large parts of Iraq and Syria, the extremists no longer control any land, have lost many prominent leaders and are mostly out of the world news headlines. Still, the group continues to recruit...