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Hard-line judiciary head wins Iran presidency as turnout low

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory Saturday in the country's presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader's protege int...

A gift to Damascus: 150,000 COVID-19 Chinese vaccines

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government received the first batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday, a gift of 150,000 jabs to Damascus, Syrian and Chinese officials said. ...

Hospitals in Syria's capital full with coronavirus patients

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Intensive care units in public hospitals in the Syrian capital Damascus have reached full capacity due to a sharp rise of coronavirus infections, leading doctors to transfer pat...

Syrian president decrees financial stimulus amid crisis

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Amid sharp economic decline, Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree on Tuesday granting hundreds of thousands of public sector workers and soldiers a one-time financial s...

COVID-19 kills former Lebanese militant Anis Naccache

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Anis Naccache, a former pro-Palestinian militant who participated in the 1975 kidnapping of oil ministers in Vienna, died Monday after battling COVID-19, a Palestinian official ...

Israel returns 2 shepherds to Syria amid reports of swap

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Thursday said it has returned two shepherds who crossed into Israeli territory back to Syria, a development that an Israeli official said was part of an impending ...

2 Syrians held in Israel to be released in prisoner exchange

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — With the help of Russian mediation, Damascus is securing the release of two Syrians held in Israel in exchange for releasing an Israeli woman that entered Syria by mistake, Syri...

Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout expected in war- ravaged Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The success of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in war-ravaged Syria depends on their availability and distribution and may initially cover only 3% of the population, a World He...

Syria temporarily cuts supplies of fuel to meet shortages

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s petroleum ministry on Sunday blamed U.S. sanctions for forcing it to cut by up to 24% its distribution of fuel and diesel because of delays in arrival of needed supplies...

Travel agents in Mideast, Africa say UAE is blocking visas

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa say the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, a so-far unex...

Syria's Assad: Western sanctions hinder return of refugees

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government is working to secure the return of millions of refugees who fled war in their country, but Western sanctions are hindering the work of state institutions, ...

Russia's Putin says time for Syrian refugees to return home

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Millions of Syrian refugees who fled their country's civil war should start returning home to help rebuild Syria now that large parts of the Arab nation enjoy relative peace, Ru...

Russia delegation calls for conference on refugees in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday met with a high-level Russian delegation advocating for jointly hosting an international conference on refugees in the capital Damascus...

Electricity cut in Syria after explosion hits gas pipeline

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An explosion early on Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, cutting electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country's electricity and oil min...

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. ...