Middle East

Syrian army soldier stands guard as Russian military police vehicle passes by near the town of Alhureyeh, Aug. 14, 2018.
Israeli jets flying high over Lebanon struck at targets inside Syria on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, in a rare daytime raid that killed at least one person.Syria's SANA state news agency said the country's air defenses shot down five missiles, adding that one person was killed and 12 others were wounded.It reported strikes on the Wadi Ayoun area in the western Hama province and on the town of Baniyas in the coastal Tartous province.The Britain-based Syrian…
FILE - A general view taken with a drone shows part of the rebel-held Idlib city, Syria, June 8, 2017.
The Syrian province of Idlib has been a perilous, frequently bombed sanctuary for hundreds of thousands of Syrians forced to flee homes elsewhere in their war-shattered country. But within days the largest remaining rebel enclave could be reduced to a killing zone — effectively underscoring the end of the seven-year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.Abutting the Turkish border and northwest of Aleppo, Sunni rebel groups have controlled Idlib for years —…
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Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:45
Syrians use dirt to put out a fire at the scene of a reported airstrike in the district of Jisr al-Shughur, in the Idlib province, Sept. 4, 2018.
The United States promises to "respond swiftly and appropriately" if Syria uses chemical weapons in Idlib province, the last rebel stronghold in Syria.The White House said Tuesday it is "closely monitoring" the fate of Idlib, where it said "millions of innocent civilians are under threat of an imminent ... attack" by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.It said President Donald Trump "has warned that such an attack would be a reckless escalation of an already tragic…
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Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:35
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Yemen's tanking economy threatens to kill more people than bombs and guns, an aid agency warned on Tuesday as the currency hit its lowest level ever, compounding the world's biggest hunger crisis.The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said soaring food prices were pushing many people closer to the brink in a country where millions are already close to famine."This economic collapse could kill even more Yemenis than the violence underlying it," NRC's Yemen country director…
FILE - A refugee waits for a medical check in the UNWRA health center at the Asker refugee camp, near Balatah, east of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank, Sept. 1, 2018.
UNRWA, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, says it has been able to reduce, but not eliminate a $446 million budget deficit caused by a sharp cut in funding from Washington.  It says the shortfall could impact the services the agency provides to millions of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.  UNRWA reports it has been able to raise $238 million in additional funding from contributors such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the European Union, and Canada.  This…
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Tue, 09/04/2018 - 12:45
Cairo, Egypt
Police on Tuesday arrested a man carrying a crude explosive device near the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt's capital, according to security officials.They said the man, whom they did not identify, was intercepted outside the concrete blast barriers that encircle the U.S. and nearby British embassies in the leafy district of Garden City.   The U.S. Embassy said in a tweet that it was "aware of a reported incident" near the embassy and advised American…
FILE - Syrians gather at a site of car bomb in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib, Aug. 2, 2018.
Russia on Tuesday joined Iran in expressing support for Syria's impending operation to retake control of rebel-held Idlib province, the last major opposition stronghold in the country.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Idlib is a pocket of terrorism, and that the situation there is undermining efforts to find a political resolution to the Syrian conflict.That follows statements Monday by Iran's Foreign Ministry saying Idlib should be cleared of "terrorists." Iranian…
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