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Virus hits Syria's national soccer team amid COVID-19 surge

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At least four players and three staff members on Syria’s national soccer team have tested positive for coronavirus and are in isolation, a Syrian official said Tuesday. ...

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coro...

Syrian FM says US sanctions seek to 'starve the people'

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister accused the United States on Tuesday of allegedly “seeking to starve the people” of Syria by imposing new sanctions and opening the door for “terrorism"...

Syria devalues currency amid chaos ahead of new US sanctions

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria devalued its currency by 44% on Wednesday, announcing a new official exchange rate for the pound amid chaos in the market, hours before new U.S. sanctions aimed at cutting...

Iran, Syria call for lifting sanctions during pandemic

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran's foreign minister used a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad Monday to call on the U.S. to lift sanctions imposed on both countries, during his first visit to the w...

Syria denies its air force is behind 2017 chemical attacks

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria denounced Thursday as misleading the first report from the global chemical weapons watchdog blaming its air force for a series of attacks using sarin and chlorine on a reb...

Turkey downs Syrian fighter jet in northwest Idlib

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey shot down a Syrian fighter jet in Syria's Idlib province Tuesday, marking the third such incident in as many days, as steady clashes between the two national armies contin...

Syrian capital rocked by explosions as Israel hits targets

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israel struck multiple targets near the Syrian capital late Sunday, killing two members of a Palestinian militant faction and triggering anti-aircraft fire from the country's ai...

Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops are in full control of a key rebel-held town in the country's northwest after days of intense fighting and airstrikes that displaced tens of thousands of people, t...

Underwater bombs damage Syria's offshore oil facilities

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (AP) — Bombs planted underwater off Syria's coast exploded Monday, damaging oil facilities used to pump oil into one of Syria's two petroleum refineries, state media and the oil minist...

Syrians launch symbolic 'one-pound' campaign to lift morale

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — With Syria's currency hitting record lows, a nationwide symbolic campaign has been launched by merchants, barbers, supermarkets and even gyms in the war-torn country to support...

Syria says Israeli warplanes hit Damascus airport warehouse

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Missiles fired by Israeli warplanes struck a warehouse at Damascus International Airport late Friday, causing damage but no casualties, a Syrian military official said. ...

Syria state TV says air defenses repelled missile attack

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's air defenses confronted an aerial "aggression" over the country's south late Thursday, shooting down several targets and preventing them from carrying out their mission ...

Syrian government holds celebrations after town falls

QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government has held celebrations in the southern town of Quneitra adjacent to Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after recapturing it from armed groups who controlled it ...

Syrian troops, Palestinians look to drive IS from capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops and allied Palestinian fighters are massing around the last Islamic State bastion in the capital, preparing for an all-out offensive if talks on an evacuation deal...