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  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:02 pm
  • BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.

  • Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:49 pm
  • DAMASCUS, Syria - A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.

  • Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 2:07 pm
  • TFAIL, Lebanon - 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 war next door.

  • 4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:44 am
  • PARIS - Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.

  • Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:10 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.

  • Zeina Karam appointed AP's Beirut bureau chief 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:07 am
  • CAIRO - Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as the devastating conflict in Syria.

  • Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 8:46 am
  • BEIRUT - The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.

  • UN rights chief blames most crimes on Syrian gov't 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:49 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Atrocities by the Syrian government "far outweigh" crimes by the opposition fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is "mostly responsible" for the human rights offenses in the three-year war, the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday.

  • Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:23 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back Tuesday against withering criticism by Republicans and some fellow Democrats, defending the Obama administration's response to an emboldened Russia, nuclear talks with Iran and the Syrian civil war.

  • Kerry: US strike in Syria wouldn't be devastating 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:39 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A threatened, but averted, American missile strike to punish Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack last summer would not have been powerful enough to change the course in the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, in an attempt to deflect criticism that the U.S. hasn't done enough to stem the violence there.

  • Hezbollah: Danger to Syria's president eliminated 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 3:41 pm
  • BEIRUT - The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer in danger of falling, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said in an interview with a Lebanese newspaper.

  • Syrian-Armenian town's fate murky after rebel grab 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 6:19 pm
  • BADROUSIEH, Syria - When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it bore historic weight: it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt compelled to run for their lives.

  • Despite chill, cooperation between US and Russia 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 5:55 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Since the Cold War ended two decades ago, Washington has considered Moscow mostly as an unreliable ally - and, at times, a stubborn adversary, in efforts to boost the global economy, curb weapons proliferation and calm other nations in tumult. At the same time, Russia's role as a key participant in international efforts to solve global crises gives it the ability to hurt the U.S. if it decides to be uncooperative or openly obstructive.