More Syria Articles

  • Syrian lawmaker first to field run for presidency

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker on Wednesday registered his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election, becoming the first contender in the June 3 vote that will held in the midst of the country's civil war and has already been dismissed by the West as a farce. President Bashar...

  • UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

    GENEVA (AP) — The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored. With only $1.2 billion pledged, the agency heads are renewing their December appeal and emphasizing that...

  • Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria

    TFAIL, Lebanon (AP) — A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil...

  • Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal. Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria has just...

  • Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution. Some among the hundreds of rebels remaining in the...

  • US looking into possible chemical attack in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is looking into whether a toxic chemical was deployed in areas of Syria that are controlled by rebel forces seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd). State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) said Monday the chemical was likely...

  • Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the population from their homes. The opposition and the...

  • Sen. Bob Corker: U.S. inaction says to Russia, 'Don't embarrass us'

    As President Obama's administration prepares a new slew of sanctions on Russia in response to the country's annexation of the Crimea region in Ukraine, there remains an ongoing debate among congressional lawmakers regarding whether America has acted with sufficient strength. Sen. Bob Corker,...

  • Zogby Report Card: Russia's winning, and Obama has few options

    Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama has a real problem on his hands: a lack of options in dealing with issues like Russia, immigration, Syria and the Middle East.

  • Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported. The bombing occurred as worshippers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosque...

  • UN envoy urges Syria's warring sides to save Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria on Thursday said the besieged central city of Homs has become a "theater of death and destruction," and he urged both sides in the country's civil war to return to negotiations. In a statement, Lakhdar Brahimi called on Syrian government...

  • John McCain: Obama lets 'bad people' fill U.S. void, says Jimmy Carter was better

    In some of his harshest comments about the administration's lackluster foreign policy to date, Sen. John McCain said that former President Jimmy Carter was tougher with U.S. foes than President Obama has been, and that America's credibility as world power has crumbled under Obama. McCain, the...

  • Obama's UN ambassador compares Syrian dictator's atrocities to Rwandan genocide

    President Obama's ambassador to the United Nations compared Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's atrocities in the ongoing civil war to the Rwandan genocide that took place during Bill Clinton's presidency 20 years ago.

  • Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go unpunished, the international...

  • Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus. A Syrian military official said the vehicles...



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