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09 January 2019 8:30 PM Trump's son appears to liken migrants to animals

President Donald Trump's eldest son appeared to liken migrants to dangerous animals, his latest controversial remarks on desperate people seeking to enter the US. "You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo? Because walls work," Donald Trump Jr wrote in a post on Instagram. Trump's father has doubled down on his pledge to build a wall on the border 162

27 October 2018 10:01 AM German, Czech leaders want EU migration deals with Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis have found an area of agreement within their conflicting views of migration. Standing together at a news conference in Prague on Friday, Babis and Merkel said the European Union should strike deals with African countries like one with Turkey that helped slow the arrival of refugees 73

09 August 2018 6:16 AM Damascus: Syria's first lady starts breast cancer treatment

Syria's first lady Asma Assad has begun treatment for breast cancer, the presidency said on Wednesday, wishing her a speedy recovery. Such public announcements are uncommon in the Arab world, where cancer is considered a taboo. The presidency posted on its Facebook page a photo of President Bashar Assad sitting next to his wife in a hospital room with an IV in her left arm. The accompanying 143

05 August 2018 8:28 AM IS killed hostage from Syria's Sweida: local media

The Islamic State jihadist group has executed one of dozens of Druze hostages abducted from Syria's southern province of Sweida last month, a Syrian news outlet and a monitor said on Sunday. IS killed the 19-year-old male student on Thursday after kidnapping more than 30 people, mostly women and children, from a village in Sweida during a deadly rampage 141

28 July 2018 1:59 PM Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Masnaa — Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbour. Three buses carrying scores of people crossed the border into Syria in the early afternoon and more than 30 other buses are in Lebanon to carry more refugees later in the day. Russia has put forward 166

11 July 2018 8:38 PM Macron, Putin to mix football and diplomacy at World Cup final

French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday during his trip to Moscow to watch the World Cup final, a presidential aide told AFP. It is not yet decided whether they will meet at the Kremlin or at the stadium where France is set to play the winner of Wednesday night's semi-final between England and Croatia 154

25 June 2018 3:35 AM UK's Prince William begins politically delicate Mideast trip

Amman — Britain's Prince William has kicked off a politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, planning to meet with young people, refugees and political leaders in a tumultuous region once controlled by Britain. In Jordan, he was welcomed Sunday by 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein, a member of the Hashemite dynasty 66

12 June 2018 3:33 AM UN: Worse may still come in Syria, after airstrikes in Idlib

The UN humanitarian agency's top official for Syria expressed concerns on Monday about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that "we may have not seen the worst of the crisis" in Syria even after seven years of war. Panos Moumtzis of UN OCHA said military escalation could make Idlib's situation "much more complicated and brutal" than other 83

10 June 2018 3:19 PM Assad says West is fueling Syria war, hoping to topple him

Beirut — Syrian President Bashar Assad says the West is fuelling the devastating war in his country, now in its eighth year, with the aim of toppling him. Assad tells the Mail on Sunday that Western nations have lied about chemical attacks in Syria and supported terrorist groups there, while Russia has supported his government against the foreign "invasion" 65

10 May 2018 7:17 AM Israel hits dozens of 'Iranian' targets in Syria after rocket fire

Israel's army said on Thursday it had hit dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces which it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies. The incident came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday 72