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  • Iran's Parliament speaker says he supports nuclear deal 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 4:50 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Iran's Parliament speaker said Monday that he supports the historic nuclear deal with world powers aimed at reining in Tehran's efforts to build a bomb.

  • Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm

    BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.

  • Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, UN meeting told 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:28 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

  • 6 killed in Syria after Israel retaliates for rocket attack 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 4:43 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Israeli airstrikes in southern Syria killed six people and wounded seven, Syrian state TV reported Friday, in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israel the previous day that Israeli officials blamed on militants backed by Iran.

  • Israeli army: 4 rockets from Syria hit Israel; no injuries 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 5:50 pm

    JERUSALEM - Militants in Syria fired several rockets into northern Israel on Thursday afternoon, prompting Israeli retaliatory fire, the military said - the first time since the 1973 Mideast war that rockets from Syrian territory have slammed into Israel.

  • UN approves statement aimed at restoring peace to Syria 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 5:47 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council unanimously approved a statement backing intensive preparatory talks on key issues to restore peace to Syria on Monday, a sign of possible change in the U.N.'s most powerful body which has been deeply divided over how to end the war which has killed more than 250,000 people.

  • US: Patriot pullout from Turkey reflects weaker Syria 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 4:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. decided to pull its Patriot missile defense force out of Turkey mainly because it sees a declining Syrian military threat, including a depleted stockpile of Scud missiles capable of striking Turkish territory, the Pentagon said Monday.

  • Syrian opposition leader: 'Russia isn't clinging to Assad' story has photos
    Updated: Aug-14-15 8:52 am

    MOSCOW - Russia isn't committed to keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power, the leader of the main Syrian opposition group said Friday after talks in Moscow.

  • US investigating whether Islamic State used chemical weapons 
    Updated: Aug-13-15 7:22 pm

    EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts - The United States is investigating whether the Islamic State used chemical weapons, the White House said Thursday, following allegations that IS militants deployed chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.

  • Deadly attacks surge as Iran's foreign minister visits Syria story has photos
    Updated: Aug-12-15 3:23 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Iran's foreign minister, who negotiated his country's nuclear deal with world powers, discussed ways of ending Syria's civil war with President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Wednesday, as attacks surged around the Syrian capital, killing at least 36 people and wounding dozens.

  • Saudi FM in Moscow for Syria-focused talks story has photos
    Updated: Aug-11-15 9:34 am

    MOSCOW - Pressing to mediate the Syrian conflict, Russia on Tuesday hosted the Saudi foreign minister for talks that revealed sharp differences about the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Iran nuclear deal opens diplomatic channels for Syria story has photos
    Updated: Aug-07-15 4:58 pm

    BEIRUT - The nuclear deal with Iran was widely expected to affect other Middle East issues, and that may already be happening with Syria: A series of recent diplomatic maneuvers suggest a growing willingness to at least engage with the Iranian-backed government of Bashar Assad on ways to end the country's civil war.

  • AP Interview: Qatar's FM urges 'serious dialogue' with Iran story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 12:41 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for a "serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, even as he blasted Tehran for continuing to support Syria's embattled government.

  • US begins armed drone flights from Turkey 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 3:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is expanding its combat role in Syria in defense of coalition-backed rebels, conducting armed drone missions into Syria from an air base in Turkey and imposing new rules allowing the U.S. to defend rebels against attacks from any hostile force, including the Assad government.

  • Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-03-15 11:05 am

    DOHA, Qatar - Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region.