Arrest warrant for Lebanese-American who worked for Israel

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese judicial officials say a judge has issued an arrest warrant for a Lebanese American who confessed he'd worked for Israel during its occupation of Lebanon for nearly two decades....

Caught in limbo, families of Syria's missing cling to hope

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Six months after he was snatched from a road in central Syria, Iyad Suleiman was allowed by his kidnappers to make a Skype video call home. His children were startled at how he look...

Centuries-old bazaar in Syria's Aleppo making slow recovery

Bit by bit, Aleppo's centuries-old bazaar is being rebuilt as Syrians try to restore one of their historical crown jewels, devastated during years of brutal fighting for control of the city. ...

Western sanctions push war-weary Syrians deeper into poverty

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Mohammed Haji Abed drives his yellow taxi through the busy streets of the Syrian capital for about 12 hours a day, toiling in the sweltering summer heat but earning barely enoug...

Rights group says Syria co-opting humanitarian efforts

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance and sometimes using it to "entrench repressive policies," an international rights group said Friday, cal...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. The 27-year-old journali...

Baghdad's Green Zone, a barometer of war and peace

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the...

US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist shops

BAGHDAD (AP) — For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of t...

Once again, Iraq caught up in escalating US-Iran tensions

BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not g...

Anti-Kurdish protests in east Syria could endanger US plans

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces took credit for defeating the Islamic State group in its last stronghold in eastern Syria, celebrating the victory in front of throngs of journal...

Monitors: US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, far more than the...

Trump's Golan move causes concern in Lebanon for land owners

CHEBAA, Lebanon (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights has caused concern in Lebanon over its claim to the disputed Chebaa Farms and adjacent Kfa...

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force...

Pompeo heads to Lebanon, where Hezbollah is at peak strength

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to use his first visit to Lebanon this week to step up pressure on Iran and its local ally, Hezbollah. But he could face resistance even from Am...

As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front

BEIRUT (AP) — Violence in northwestern Syria has killed dozens over the past three weeks and displaced tens of thousands, raising concerns a truce reached six months ago between Turkey and Russia is i...