GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | The Latest: Syria’s Assad attends Eid prayers on coast

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Latest on Eid al-Fitr (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Syrian President Bashar Assad has attended Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in Tartous, a town in the coastal region that has remained loyal to the president through seven years of civil war. The coastal region is home to Syria’s … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | The Latest: Syria’s Assad attends Eid prayers on coast

WASHINGTON | US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has freed up a fraction of some $200 million in frozen funds for Syria stabilization programs, leaving nearly $195 million in limbo. The State Department said Thursday that President Donald Trump had authorized $6.6 million to support the White Helmets, a Syrian civil defense organization, and the International, Impartial … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | The Latest: Hezbollah leader says group in Syria to stay

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Gaza protests and Jerusalem Day demonstrations around the Middle East (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group said his men will not leave Syria even if the whole world tried to force them to do so, adding that only a request … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | The Latest: Hezbollah leader says group in Syria to stay

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  | The Latest: Syrians, Palestinians march through Damascus

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  — The Latest on Gaza protests and Jerusalem Day demonstrations around the Middle East (all times local): Scores of Syrians and Palestinians have commemorated the Jerusalem Day marching through the streets of Damascus while chanting anti-Israel slogans. The men and women marched from the Hamidyeh market in the old city of … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  | The Latest: Syrians, Palestinians march through Damascus

MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin: Russia won’t pull all troops from Syria

MOSCOW — The Latest on President Vladimir Putin’s annual call-in television show (all times local): 3:35 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says Russia is currently not planning to withdraw all of its troops from Syria. Russia launched its operation in Syria in 2015, tipping the war in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Putin last December … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Putin: Russia won’t pull all troops from Syria

BEIRUT  | Syrian Kurds to pull out of key town, easing US-Turkey rift

BEIRUT  — A Syrian Kurdish militia says it’s pulling out of the key northern Syrian town, potentially easing a serious rift between the United States and Turkey. The People’s Protection Units, known by their Kurdish acronym YPG, said in a statement on Tuesday that its advisers had completed their mission to train the local forces, … Continue reading BEIRUT  | Syrian Kurds to pull out of key town, easing US-Turkey rift

BEIRUT  | Rights group says US-led coalition destroyed Syrian city

BEIRUT — An international human rights group on Tuesday accused the U.S. and its allies of showing little regard for civilians’ lives while attacking the Syrian city that was once the de-facto capital of the Islamic State extremist group, an allegation denied by the American military. Amnesty International said the U.S.-led coalition’s 2017 assault on … Continue reading BEIRUT  | Rights group says US-led coalition destroyed Syrian city