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Landmark Paris trial of Syrian officials accused of torturing, killing a father and his son starts

May. 21, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The landmark trial of three former Syrian intelligence officials began Tuesday at a Paris court for the alleged torture and killing of a French-Syrian father and son who were arrested over a decade ago, during the height of Arab Spring-inspired anti-government protests. ...

Syrian first lady Asma Assad diagnosed with leukemia, president's office says

May. 21, 2024 04:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian first lady Asma Assad has been diagnosed with leukemia, the office of President Bashar Assad announced Tuesday. The president's wife was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia “after presenting with several symptoms and following a comprehensive series of...

France is trying Syrian ex-officials for the torture and killing of a father and son. Here's why

May. 21, 2024 04:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Syrian soldiers came first, at night, for the son, Patrick, a 20-year-old psychology student at Damascus University, and said they were taking him away for questioning. They came back the next night for his father, Mazen. Five years later, in 2018,...

The Latest | Iran's president, foreign minister and others die in helicopter crash

May. 20, 2024 15:13 PM EDT

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and others were found dead Monday at the site of a helicopter crash after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region in the country’s northwest, state media reported. State TV gave no immediate cause for...

US intelligence suggests American who vanished in Syria in 2017 has died, daughter says she was told

May. 18, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have developed specific and highly credible intelligence suggesting that an American citizen who disappeared seven years ago while traveling in Syria has died, the man's daughter said Saturday. Maryam Kamalmaz said in an interview with The...

8 EU members say conditions in Syria should be reassessed to allow voluntary refugee returns

May. 17, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The governments of eight European Union member states said Friday the situation in Syria should be re-evaluated to allow for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees back to their homeland. In a joint statement, officials from Austria, the Czech Republic,...

Hundreds of Syrian refugees head home as anti-refugee sentiment surges in Lebanon

May. 14, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — More than 300 Syrian refugees headed back home to Syria in a convoy on Tuesday, leaving two remote northeastern towns in crisis-stricken Lebanon where anti-refugee sentiment has been surging in recent months. Lebanese officials have long urged the...

Syria's Kurdish-led force hands over 2 IS militants suspected in 2014 mass killing of Iraqi troops

May. 10, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force has handed over to Baghdad two Islamic State group militants suspected of involvement in mass killings of Iraqi soldiers in 2014, a war monitor said Friday. The report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came a day after...

A suspected Islamic State group attack on pro-government force in east Syria kills at least 13

May. 03, 2024 08:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Suspected members of the Islamic State group attacked three posts for Syrian government forces and pro-government gunmen early Friday killing at least 13, an opposition war monitor and pro-government media reported. The attack wounded others who were taken to...

EU announces 1 billion euros in aid for Lebanon amid a surge in irregular migration

May. 02, 2024 16:37 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union announced Thursday an aid package for Lebanon of 1 billion euros — about $1.06 billion — much of which will go to boost border control to halt the flow of asylum seekers and migrants from the small, crisis-wracked country across the Mediterranean Sea to Cyprus...