Syrian president visits Iran in rare trip abroad

World 02/25/19, 13:05

Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Iran and met with officials there on a rare trip abroad in which he thanked the Islamic Republic for its support throughout Syria's conflict, official news agencies in Syria and Iran said.Assad met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on the ...

UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

World 02/25/19, 11:56

The British government said Monday it plans to ban Hezbollah as a terrorist group, accusing the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East.A draft order laid in the U.K. Parliament will ban Hezbollah and two other groups. Subject to Parliament's approval, the order will go into effect on Friday and ...

Chechen religious leaders re-open landmark mosque in Syria

World 02/21/19, 10:15

Religious leaders of Russia's republic of Chechnya have inaugurated a re-opened landmark mosque in Syria's Homs, once the symbol of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad.In 2013, Syrian government forces captured the Khalid Ibn al-Walid mosque, which sustained heavy damage in the fighting.Authorities of Russia's mostly Muslim republic undertook the ...

Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria

World 02/17/19, 09:39

Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday. He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but in a televised speech in Damascus he ...

Russian, Turkish defense ministers meet on Syria

Europe 02/11/19, 10:26

The Russian and Turkish defense ministers are meeting in Ankara to coordinate their next moves on Syria.Sergei Shoigu said at the start of Monday's meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar that they need to solve a few remaining issues ahead of Thursday's meeting of the presidents of Russia, Turkey ...

Russia: Venezuela hasn’t asked for military assistance

America 02/11/19, 07:10

A senior Russian diplomat says Venezuela hasn't asked Russia for military assistance amid the South American country's political crisis.Alexander Shchetinin, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Latin America department, said Monday that Moscow hasn't received any such request from Caracas, according to Russian news reports.Asked to compare the situation ...

Syria’s first lady has successful breast cancer surgery

Health 01/27/19, 10:27

Syria's Presidency says the first lady has had successful surgery for breast cancer in the capital's military hospital.The Presidency said Sunday that Asma Assad is fighting a malignant tumor with "strength, confidence and faith." The specifics of her surgery were not immediately known.Her diagnosis was announced last summer in a ...

Russia urges North Africa to bring Syria back to Arab League

World 01/26/19, 09:42

Russia's foreign minister is pressing North African countries to support Syria's return to the Arab League, now that President Bashar Assad is largely seen as having won the Syrian civil war.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria this week and at each stop called for Syria's reintegration ...

Turkey’s president in Moscow for Syria talks with Putin

Europe 01/23/19, 10:39

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat down for Syria-focused talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country. The leaders share strong opposition to the U.S. military presence in Syria, seeing it as an obstacle to their clout in ...

Syrian businessman on US sanctions list hosted by UAE

Business 01/22/19, 08:02

The United Arab Emirates has hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war erupted in 2011.The high-profile meeting comes weeks after the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus for the first time in seven years __ ...

Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon

World 01/15/19, 01:30

An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive.Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya get a seat at the table, despite the ...

Iraq says it supports Syria’s return to Arab League

World 01/13/19, 11:36

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim says his country supports efforts to restore Syria's membership in the Arab League eight years after it was expelled from the regional body.Iraq is one of three countries in the Arab world that never cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government after its crackdown ...

Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria’s Assad

World 01/13/19, 07:20

He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he forcefully crushed the uprising against his family's rule. Gulf ...

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard running for president in 2020

Politics 01/11/19, 19:00

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has announced that she is running for president in 2020. Gabbard said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week. The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress. She ...

Syria deaths at wartime low in 2018 as Assad made gains

World 12/31/18, 09:33

A group that closely tracks Syria's war says nearly 20,000 people were killed in 2018, the lowest annual death toll of the nearly eight-year war.Fighting died down in much of the country after President Bashar Assad's forces defeated rebels in bloody battles around the capital and southern Syria, bringing just ...

Syria’s Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in Syria

World 12/30/18, 11:46

Syrian President Bashar Assad authorized Sunday Iraqi forces to attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus, state news agency SANA said, as the two allies coordinate their fight against extremists ahead of a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria.The announcement highlights the close ...

Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

Europe 12/30/18, 04:12

It's been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria. But Russia's leader faces massive challenges in Syria and elsewhere, and he hasn't moved an inch closer toward throwing off the Western sanctions that have ...

UAE reopens embassy in Syrian capital closed in 2011

World 12/27/18, 09:48

The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Syria's capital on Thursday for the first time in seven years, a reflection of improved relations between President Bashar Assad and some of his Arab foes as the war winds down.On Thursday afternoon, UAE's charge d'affaires Abdul-Hakim Naimi visited the embassy and ...

Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

World 12/16/18, 16:36

Sudan's president on Sunday became the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil war erupted there nearly eight years ago.Omar al-Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport by Syrian President Bashar Assad before they both headed to the presidential palace, where they held talks on bilateral relations and ...

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